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The Series

The Series : « Art, poetry and international justice »

Since 2014, Julien Seroussi, a social science researcher, and Franck Leibovici, an artist and poet, have been conducting an unprecedented experiment. Their project, law intensity conflicts, stems from Julien Seroussi’s observations as a legal assistant at the Katanga/Ngudjolo trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, between 2009 and 2014. This experiment, which they call “inquiry-artwork”, uses the tools of art, documentary poetry (poetry that no longer focuses on the “text” as a unit of meaning, but on the “document” as an artifact with pragmatic effects) and the social sciences to analyse and attempt to change the ICC’s current practices of processing materials. The tools take the form of installations, books, workshops and radio interventions. They are intended to be used by Court professionals, as well as by affected communities and researchers – any audience concerned by these trials but isolated from each other. How can civil society take part in international justice, in new forms, for it to become a platform for cultural invention and no longer just a technical institution reserved for experts?

The text, the product of four years of conversation between Virginie Bobin, Franck Leibovici and Julien Seroussi, is presented as a series, published in several episodes, most of which were written in the fall of 2018, except for a few paragraphs written in the spring of 2019. The text covers the stages of law intensity conflicts carried out between 2014 and 2018.


The Author

The Author : Virginie Bobin


Virginie Bobin works at the crossroads of research, curatorial and editorial practices, pedagogy and translation. In 2018, she started a practice-based research around the political and affectives takes of translation, in the frame of the PhD-in-practice program in Artistic Research at the Akademie der bildenden Künste (Vienna). In parallel, she co-founded with Victorine Grataloup the non-profit organization QALQALAHةلقلق, a platform for artistic exchanges, research and translations. She also develops long-term collaborations with artists Mercedes Azpilicueta and Franck Leibovici, that take the forms of texts, books, exhibitions and pedagogical interventions. Until 2018, she was Head of Programs at VillaVassilieff, a center for art, research and residencies, which she co-created in 2016. Previously, she worked for Bétonsalon – Center for Art and Research, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam), <em>Manifesta Journal</em>, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers and Performa, the New York Biennial for Performing Arts. Her independent curatorial projects took place internationally, in such institutions as MoMA PS1, e-flux space or Tabakalera, and her texts were published in international exhibition catalogues or magazines (Metropolis M, Manifesta Journal, Frieze /de, Flash Art, Switch on Paper…). Editorial projects include: Composing Differences (Les Presses du Réel, 2015) and Qalqalah (an online platform jointly edited by Bétonsalon – Center for Art and Research, Villa Vassilieff and Kadist Paris, 2015-2018).

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27 September 2018

Other ways of doing ‒ art, law or social sciences ‒
interview with Franck Leibovici

Interview by Virginie Bobin

Since 2014 artist and poet Franck Leibovici and social sciences researcher Julien Seroussi, have been conducting an analysis of the documents produced during trials held at the International Criminal Court of The Hague (The Netherlands). These documents are handled with tools from the field of art and poetry, in order to offer possible models that could be useful for practitioners of international justice.

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