Courting Power: discussion and analysis of a courtroom-based art installation informed by a legal historical case study

Johannah Latchem*, Helen Rutherford

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Abstract

Courting Power, a courtroom-based art installation by Johannah Latchem presented in the Guildhall, Newcastle upon Tyne in 2018 explored how the acoustics and architecture of the unique courtroom at the Guildhall silenced or facilitated 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 Margaret Hebbron, a ‘woman of the town’. The discussion and analysis of the trial and conviction of Margaret Hebbron were central to the courtroom-based art installation and its development and demonstrate the merits of adopting an integrative approach to encourage 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
JournalLaw and Humanities
Early online date4 Oct 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Oct 2021

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