Producing Film as Legal Knowledge

By Suzanne Bouclin.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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My research wrestles with the ways in which my own production of a non-linear, explicitly interactive, collaborative, and web-based film is a mode of constituting law and legal knowledge. I advance an alternative perspective of law, namely that it is not limited to written, state-based, and formal expressions. I do so through the Korsakow hypermedia System (K System), which I consider a metaphor for law. The K System-developed out of Concordia University–is an open-sourced software which enables an aesthetic of organized contingency (with varying degrees of possible outcomes dependent upon the definitional practices of individual filmmakers) in a process of flux and continual change (in light of the implicit and explicit engagement of its audience). The production of a K Film has enabled me to open lines of inquiry that are not adequately answered within law faculties. Specifically, why do we still privilege one representation of law (written, explicit, and institutional) over others (symbolic, implicit and inferential)?

Keywords: Epistemology, Metaphor, Law, Practice-Based Research, Film

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 10, pp.23-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 769.764KB).

Dr. Suzanne Bouclin

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Suzanne Bouclin’s work is located at the nexus of law and the humanities. She has recently completed a doctorate in Law at McGill University. Her dissertation, “Street Law’s Sites, Sights and Media” deploys and refines the lexicon, theories and methods of cinematic studies in their relation to law. She deploys these new frames of reference in order to grapple with the institutionalized regulation street-involved and homeless people. She is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa (Faculty of Law). Her other areas of research, collaborations and publication include performance and performativity in legal pedagogy, feminist aesthetics, and the regulation of transactional sex.

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