Symposium: A Thousand Eyes

Symposium: A Thousand Eyes

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

Judy Radul, World Rehearsal Court, 2009, production still.
Courtesy of the artist.
August 30, 2011
Symposium: A Thousand Eyes

September 22

Henie Onstad Art Centre
Høvikodden, Norway

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In a full day symposium the themes of the exhibition Judy Radul – World Rehearsal Court at Henie Onstad Art Center will be discussed in a broader context. The symposium is a great opportunity to participate in a discussion across art, law, legal- and media theory with an international cohort of artists and thinkers. 


The court of law has come to rely on a variety of new representational modes and technologies that mimic those used in contemporary art, cinema and mass media. But how does the judicial system treat moving images as representations of reality and “truth”? The law is increasingly staged on screen, and photographs, video- surveillance and recordings are used as evidence. What are the implications of the increased use of live TV broadcasts of trials? In what way do these images “speak” in court? Through the contribution of internationally renowned artists and scholars, this symposium explores the intersection between law and the aesthetics of new media technology and re-examines fundamental questions such as: what is the role of images in producing an authoritative identity for the court? Is there such a thing as an image of justice being constructed? What are the repercussions when a video camera plays the role of witness?  How has the incursion of media into the court (and forensics) altered our notions of what is credible evidence? How does the use of new technologies extend and transnationalize legal jurisdiction? How can thinking about these issues in creative proximity to the arts inform new understandings of legal process and possibility?


Participants: Morten Bergsmo, Costas Douzinas, Sidsel Meineche Hansen & Lorenzo Pezzani (Model Court), Marit Paasche, Judy Radul, Anders Ryssdal, Eyal Sivan, Monika Szewczyk, and Eyal Weizman.


After the seminar, there will be an informal dinner and good opportunity for further discussions. Dinner and drinks are not included in the fee.


Fee NOK 250,- (includes lunch and the anthology A Thousand Eyes)




The symposium will also launch the anthology:


A Thousand Eyes – Media Technology, Law, and Aesthetics

Editors Marit Paasche and Judy Radul.

The anthology consists of essays by Julie A. Cassiday, Costas Douzinas, Pieyl Haldar, Martin Jay, Peter Goodrich, Richard Mohr, Judy Radul, Avital Ronell, Eyal Sivan and Cornelia Vismann.
Published by Sternberg Press in collaboration with the Henie Onstad Art Centre. 




September 23: Free workshop
Theory through Practice – The Mechanics of the Perpetrator


Screenings and discussion surrounding documentary filmmaking, and questions of representation in legal prosecutions and the medium of film.


Lead by filmmaker Eyal Sivan and Acting Chief Curator Milena Hoegsberg.





19 June–2 October 2011




After studying the legal processes of the International Criminal Court for two years, Judy Radul has created the work World Rehearsal Court. In this artwork, she examines the relationship between experience and testimony as well as truth and fiction in the judicial process. Radul draws attention to the way they are interwoven on many levels. In her work, she shows, for example, how events in the courtroom are dramatised by means of video, television monitors, cameras and surveillance equipment.


The work on view at Henie Onstad Art Centre is both an ongoing experiment and a laboratory that examines how courtroom principles work in practice. World Rehearsal Court consists of filmed material from a fictional, enacted trial, and video material that will be shot live inside the exhibition space. Visitors are invited to see and experience for themselves how these various elements are put together. At the same time, they become part of the work, as they are filmed and projected onto screens around the courtroom.


About the artist
Judy Radul lives and works in Vancouver. She works with performance, photography, sculpture, video and media installations. She has mounted a number of international exhibitions, at, among other places, Mechelen (Belgium), Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst (Antwerp), Catriona Jeffries Gallery (Vancouver), Oboro (Montreal), Presentation House Gallery (North Vancouver) and The Power Plant (Toronto). This is her first exhibition in Norway.


Curator: Tone Hansen


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