Art, Law, Power is a timely collection of essays curated to bring together scholarship from critical schools across the humanities and the social sciences. It offers a contemporary snapshot of intellectual and practical engagements with legal and artistic practices in countering power. This edition brings together voices and practitioners from across the globe to tell stories of old and new tactics and strategies found in the coming together of law, art, and power. Art historical understandings of law can be found sitting next to doctrinal depictions of street art and graffiti, philosophical questions of space, community, and autonomy next to cultural and legal ethnographies of control and incarceration. Across all authors there is a singular thread of art, law, and power in end times. The essays will be of interest to critical legal and communications scholars, lawyers, artists, art historians, and activists alike.
Amongst a slew of recent books on arts and activism, Art, Law and Power stands out. Exploring how the affective qualities of the arts interplay with the effective capacities of the law, this collection offers a new, and vitally important, perspective on the field.
— Stephen Duncombe, Co-Director of the Center for Artistic Activism and Professor of Media and Culture, New York University
Protest material, copyrighted media, graffiti are forms of representation often circulated in excess of law and its performative frameworks. Reflecting on the diverse ways in which the legitimacy of law is rendered operative through aesthetics, this timely collection of essays offers important resistance strategies to the enclosing and limiting of public space and popular imaginaries produced by the prevalence of carceral paradigms.
— Adelita Husni-Bey, Artist
This timely collection poses the urgent problem of how power and resistance operate in and through the intersection between law, politics and aesthetics. Joining theoretical reflection to an account of diverse contemporary practices, these essays present the reader with an invaluable resource for navigating the ambivalent functioning of legal distinctions and the aesthetic register in today’s political climate.
— Connal Parsley, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Kent
At a time when so many of modernity’s more affirmative dreams of equality and emancipation are being ground to dust by new and ever more pervasive forms of digital administrative control and micro-disciplinary technology, the confluence of art, law and politics has become increasingly important as a zone of relative autonomy and resistance, and as such, a place of meeting in which, as Gilles Deleuze once observed, new tools can, should and must be forged and reforged constantly to deal with ever changing conditions. In this resonant collection of critical pieces on power, legal process and creative expression, Lucy Finchett-Maddock and Eleftheria Lekakis have collated what is bound to become a vital addition to socio-cultural and critical legal thinking on art, law and activism as forms of mutually affirming resistance in the early 21st century.
— Charlie Blake, Visiting Senior Lecturer in Media Ethics and Digital Culture, University of West London
This is an important book that comes at a crucial time, there is an urgency now, a need in this ‘post-truth’ world to confront and question all that is going on here in the realms of the symbolic; Art, Law and Power provides us with tools to do just that!
— Sally-Anne Gross, Principal Lecturer in Music Business Management, University of Westminster
In this exciting new edited collection Lucy Finchett-Maddock and Eleftheria Lekakis by focusing on the intersections of art, law and power open us to the limits and possibilities of art as a side of resistance. Art, Law, Power is a must read for all those that are interested in the subtle and quotidian ways in which law and politics collude to exclude people across the globe.
— Elena Loizidou, Reader in Law and Political Theory, Birkbeck College