19 jul. 2018

Cultura visual del Derecho. Lex Tinctura

Werner Gephart (ed.)
Some Colours of the Law
Images and Interpretations
Frankfurt am Main: Klostermann, 2017, 220 pp.
ISBN 9783465043270

This book assembles the vision of placing the visual, textual and theoretical into a productive relation. The volume is, in the first part, a documentation of an exhibition at The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London containing images and commentaries by the artist. The second part is devoted to reflections on some specific images, installations and the project itself. These challenging interpretations by renowned scholars interpretations transcend the scope of the particular artworks by engaging in far-reaching theoretical considerations of the represented issues and thinkers as well as by illuminating the manifold relations of art and law. How to paint the law and the related traditions of social thought remains a fundamental question of this undertaking. Theoretical impulses, for example de-centralizing European social thought, join non-Occidental aesthetic traditions and lead to communication problems in a global world that reach far beyond spoken language and text. If it is true that innovation sometimes happens at the cross-cutting lines between different spheres and disciplines, this book may serve as an inspiration of further “Fröhliche Wissenschaft“ without betraying the eternal normative questions of law and justice


David Nelken

Werner Gephart
About the Genesis of this Book

First Part: Images and Commentary

Werner Gephart
Introduction to Some Colours of the Law
I. The Anglo-American Tradition
II. The French Tradition
III. The German Tradition
IV. Global and European Traditions

Second Part: Interpretations

Martin Albrow
Artistry in Scholarship: The Cultural
Mission of Werner Gephart

Louis Assier-Andrieu
Werner Gephart, artiste de la raison juridique – Le chemin du noeud papillon rose

Sanja Milutinović Bojanić / Petar Bojanić
§ – Paragraphing: Normativity in Europe as Babylon On a Werner Gephart Intervention

Marta Bucholc
An Empty Stadium

José M. González García
Fortune or Justice? Some Thoughts on Werner Gephart’s Multiple Justitiae

Peter Goodrich
To Tear Out a Page

Ruth Herz
Art as a Vehicle in Deconstructing Law and Justice

Gerd Krumeich
Emile Durkheim Grabbing the Bull by the Horns

Arild Linneberg
The Optical Unconscious: A Snapshot of Werner Gephart’s Thought Images of Art and Law

Greta Olson
On Seeing the Colours of Law – for Werner

Grischka Petri
Colorandi causa; or Convictions of Colour

Dieter Ronte
Werner Gephart Or of Science and the Will to Form

Jan Christoph Suntrup
Bentham’s Architecture of Power and the Disciplinary Gaze of Inspector Foucault

Marco Wan
The Deconstruction of Justice (2016) (with a few words on Jacques Derrida with His Own Handwriting (2014)

Daniel Witte
On the Observations of the Observer of the Observers. A Few Observations on Perspectivity and Irony Between Arts, Sociology and the Law


Exhibitions by Werner Gephart
About the Authors



Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Werner Gephart is a legal scholar, sociologist and artist. He is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bonn, Ancien Professeur de l'Institut d'Études politiques de Paris as well as Founder and Director of the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities "Law as Culture" in Bonn.

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