Werner Gephart: Some Colours of the Law

Images and Interpretations

Frankfurt am Main: Klostermann 2017

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 PoonSchool 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 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. The book contains challenging interpretations by Martin Albrow, Louis Assier-Andrieu, Sanja Milutinovi´c Bojani´c, Petar Bojani´c, Marta Bucholc, José M. González García, Peter Goodrich, Ruth Herz, Gerd Krumeich, Arild Linneberg, Greta Olson, Grischka Petri, Dieter Ronte, Jan Christoph Suntrup, Marco Wan and Daniel Witte.

About the editor

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.