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