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Art, Law, Power: Perspectives on Legality and Resistance in Contemporary Aesthetics


Lucy Finchett-Maddock (Senior Lecturer in Law and Art, University of Sussex)
Eleftheria Lekakis (Senior Lecturer In Media & Communication, University of Sussex)

This volume brings together interdisciplinary perspectives from critical social science and humanities scholars to provide answers to the following questions: what role does law play within art or aesthetics? Where does aesthetic judgement lie? How do artists and/or activists engage with the location of power within and beyond law? To what extent do negotiations of law provide new spaces for action? How does street art traverse the thin line between legality and illegality in different geographic contexts? What role does protest play in distinguishing art from law, or does it further demonstrate their similarities? What spaces and boundaries are created by real or imagined forms of aesthetics and resistance? What role does property play in delineating orders of acceptable and unacceptable art?

This collection comes at a poignant juncture in contemporary power and politics, seeking to contribute a call to renegotiate and cross old boundaries between the disciplines and practices of art and law in the hope of demonstrating the agential nature of the aesthetic, the legal, and the political as a locus for change.

Expected 22 July 2019 (Notify when available)