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The Separate System? A Conversation on Collaborative Artisic Practice with Veterans-in-Prison

Murray, ET, Davies, K and Gee, E The Separate System? A Conversation on Collaborative Artisic Practice with Veterans-in-Prison. In: Lippens, R and Murray, E, (eds.) Representing the Experience of War and Atrocity: Interdisciplinary Explorations in Visual Criminology. Palgrave Macmillan. (Accepted)

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Abstract

War is a highly visual and sensual affair -as is a prison sentence– yet the testimonies of those who have experienced both are rarely disseminated in aesthetic forms. In their contribution the authors start from the premise that the experiences of the convicted veteran require new forms of thinking and analysis. Drawing on the recent video production of The Separate System (2017) -produced jointly by professional artists and veterans-prisoners- they stress the importance of thus co-produced artworks in the field of artivism (or activism through art) with veterans of warfare. Artivism produces images –in a wide variety of shapes and forms- that could have the potential to significantly and directly affect the bodies of their (un)intended spectatorships and audiences by sharing some (however little) of the veterans’ experience. Moreover, the artivist process itself, which involves veterans and artists working together on the artwork, may have healing or restorative potential: in mobilizing the body and in engaging and communicating with others working through and expressing past experiences, veterans and artists alike are inevitably required to take into account of the outside world (i.e. the destination of the images that they are producing), to make communicative connections, to make ‘experiencing together’ possible, to reconstitute communal life, and to actually ‘build world’.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: veterans; visual criminology; agency; aesthetics; socially engaged art; critical video installation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > Penology. Prisons. Corrections
Divisions: School of Law
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2019 11:51
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2019 11:51
Editors: Lippens, R and Murray, E
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10175

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