At the crossroads of art, poetry and international justice, Switch (on Paper) is publishing a text in the form of a multi-episode investigation, retracing the different stages of a project conducted since 2014 by Franck Leibovici and Julien Seroussi at the International Criminal Court (ICC). This inquiry-artwork takes as its starting point the Katanga/Ngudjolo trial, named after the two militiamen accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in 2003 in the village of Bogoro in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This first text is an introduction to the investigation.
The title law intensity conflicts refers to another cycle of works by Franck Leibovici, low intensity conflicts (1998-2016), which examined how some contemporary conflicts invent new ways of waging war. Following the geopolitical dimension of these conflicts, this new project focuses on the invention of international justice.
(franck leibovici, low intensity conflicts – un mini-opéra pour non musiciens, ed. mf, 2019)
Franck Leibovici, “Sur quoi opère l’art”, interview with Cristelle Terroni, La Vie des idées, 14 October 2016. http://www.laviedesidees.fr/Sur-quoi-opere-l-art.html (Consulted in October 2018).
Between 2014 and 2018, the project was presented to the Witte de With centre for contemporary art (Rotterdam); to the Ricard Foundation, the FIAC, the Kandinsky Library, the Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac Museum and the Institut des Études Avancées, as well as on radio stations France Culture and Chimurenga; it has been exhibited at art centres in Bunkier Sztuki (Krakow), nGbK (Berlin), La Chaufferie (Strasbourg), and the Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris).
Juger- Créer. Regards sur la Cour pénale internationale, from 26 November to 14 December 2018 at the Cité internationale des arts, Paris.
Since 2014, Julien Seroussi, a social science researcher, and Franck Leibovici, an artist and poet, have been jointly investigating the tools, protocols, standards and procedures at work in an international justice system that is constantly reinventing itself. Their project stems from Julien Seroussi’s experience as an assistant to one of the judges of the Katanga/Ngudjolo…