The trial of Margaret Hebbron is central to the courtroom-based art installation, Courting Power, by Johannah Latchem presented in the Guildhall, Newcastle upon Tyne in 2018. Courting Power explored how the acoustics and architecture of the unique courtroom at the Guildhall silenced or amplified the voices of those involved in its judicial processes. Artistic and scientific approaches were employed in the investigation of the court’s abundant acoustic history and these were linked to a micro-study of the trial and sentence of one ‘woman of the town’. The discussion and analysis of the trial and conviction of Margaret Hebbron, and of the development of the art installation, demonstrates the merits of adopting an integrative approach to encourage reflection, and resonance, for today’s audiences. Both Courting Power, and the discussion in this paper, are cross-disciplinary and draw upon practice-led research in fine art, acoustic science, and legal history.
|Journal||Law and Humanities|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2 Jul 2021|