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Artist in Residence

The Centre of Law and Humanities hosts an Artist in Residence, to provide alternative artistic representations of the political and social issues our research highlights. This collaborative approach allows us to produce a series of thought-provoking events for students, staff and the general public.

CURRENT ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: MARGARETA KERN

  • Margareta Kern's work is concerned with the politics of making visible forms of power and authority that are felt, but not always easy to articulate or even to perceive. 
  • Her current work investigates the performative and mimetic strategies of digital capital, asking if, in an era of 'fake news' that has destabilised conventions of 'fact' and 'fiction', what role is left for art? What kind of images and approaches do we need to cultivate, to counter reactionary and rightwing imaginaries generated by post-truth politics? 
  • Kern's year-long residency involves a number of events, including a workshop based on a close reading of the Interim Report: Disinformation and ‘Fake News’, published by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Select Committee. The result of an extensive inquiry, this report contains disturbing evidence of the use of psychological warfare online, to manipulate voter behaviour by companies such as SCL Group/Cambridge Analytica (which were, most notably, involved in both Trump’s election in the US and the Leave campaign in Britain, as well as conducting behavioural change programmes for governments and military organisations worldwide). 
  • Kern’s residency critically and collaboratively explores the legal and performative potentialities of an inquiry, informing the development of new work. 

PREVIOUS ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

  • 2017-18 Tings Chak: Tings Chak is a Hong Kong-born and Toronto-raised activist and artist, who holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto. Her work draws inspiration from, and contributes to, the migrant justice and internationalist working-class-struggles she is, and has been, part of. Her graphic novel, Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention (2017), explores the role of architecture in the control of migrant bodies and the politics of visual representation. She is currently based between Johannesburg and São Paulo, contributing to popular political education projects and crafting designs towards a socialist future. 
  • 2016-17 Zuleikha Chaudhari: Zuleikha Chaudhari is a theatre director and lighting designer based in Delhi and Mumbai. Her works shift between theatre and installation, as investigations into landscapes that are neither real nor imagined and at the centre engage with the role of the viewer in the performative experience. Chaudhari is interested in the framework of law as performance, the role of performance in law and the performativity of legal-truth production. Chaudhari’s works have been shown in performance festivals, galleries and exhibitions in United States, Germany, France, Belgium, Vienna, South Africa, South Korea, China, Japan, The Netherlands, Pakistan and India. She was awarded the Sangeeta Natak Academy’s Yuva Puruskar in 2007 and the Charles Wallace India Trust Award in 2001.
  • 2014-16 Lisa Dwan: Lisa Dwan is a celebrated Irish actor who, before her residency at Birkbeck's Law School, gained critical and box office acclaim for her performance of Samuel Beckett's Not I. Lisa’s project involved helping Law staff lead a project on law and theatre, an initiative proposed by the Centre for Law and the Humanities. 
  • 2013 Yvette Vanson: Yvette was appointed as the first Artist in Residence and as an Honorary Research Fellow at the Law School in 2013. An exhibition of her work was shown at the Peltz Gallery in November and her films were shown and discussed throughout the autumn term. Yvette used a 'studio' at 16 Gower Street for painting, with an open-door policy for students and staff to visit and discuss her work on an informal basis. Yvette was also invited by the Centre for the Law and the Humanities to exhibit some paintings in March 2013 during the Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities.