Gasworks gallery presents Resolution 978 HD: An Exhibition by Model Court

By Emily Beeson | 15 May 2013

Exhibition preview: Resolution 978 HD: An Exhibition by Model Court, Gasworks, London until July 7 2013

A photograph of a hallway and makeshift courtroom door
© Thomas Elfgren
Model Court, a collective of visual and conceptual artists, provide an interrogative insight into the controversial use of technology in legal procedures and universal jurisdiction in this thought-provoking show.

Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Lorenzo Pezzani, Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Oliver Rees reflect upon a distinctive legal case study, through a video installation, which explores the geopolitical aspects of the implication of justice.

The exhibition centres on François Bazaramba, the Rwandan national convicted of genocide in 2010 by a Finnish district court from the small town of Porvoo.

Finnish law allows prosecutions for crimes against humanity regardless of the spatial boundaries within which they are committed. This made Bazaramba’s trial unique; the proceedings were carried out with the use of "telepresence" technologies.

The viewer follows a semi-fictional narrative through his trial, examining the jurisdictional divide, neo-colonialism, aid and the production of history by technological means.

Temporary legal spaces were established in the Rwandan Supreme Court - some in a Hilton hotel room - by prosecutors and judges from Porvoo, travelling to and from Rwanda several times to collect testimony.

While the investigation was carried out, Bazaramba participated in his own trial via Skype from a prison cell in Helsinki.

The show interrogates issues of image, presence, accountability and legal boundaries, together with the relationship between emergent media technologies and the universality of legal systems.

Sound, video, installation and drawings contribute to a critical debate on how video conferencing, cameras and fibre optics are able to affect and subvert traditionally held modes of legal inquiry and testimony.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s specialisation in the politics of listening meets Pezzani’s insight into human rights, media and colonial visual tradition, forming a dynamic critical body with the addition of Hansen and Rees’ specific inquiries into physiological critique and the conceptual processes of drawing.

In addition to the show, a series of events will take place during which media theorists; filmmakers and international artists will reflect on and engage with the project’s themes.

  • Open Wednesday-Sunday 12pm-6pm. Admission free. Follow the gallery on Twitter @GasworksLondon.
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