Law’s Imagination

areybyte gallery is pleased to present LAW’S IMAGINATION, an 8 week curatorial residency by Jack Tan that explores the connections between legal and art practice. Through a programme of events, talks, discussions, exhibitions and performances, the programme asks how artistic approaches can unlock or extend the imaginative capacities and capabilities of law.

LAW’S IMAGINATION launches on 5 May 2016 with a music performance and showcase of graphic scores by Jack Tan inspired by the soundscape of law courts, as well as preview works by Flora Parrott and Marco Godoy.


Tan will present the results of mini-residencies by artists FLORA PARROTT andMARCO GODOY as well as his own research in various exhibitions of sculpture, video, photography and performance throughout the period. Expert and lay audiences will also be invited to create collective knowledge via the gallery education programme of discussions, talks and curated walks. This will be delivered as a 5 week mock TRAINING COURSE to obtain a ‘certificate in legal aesthetics’, and a 4 week lunchtime RADIO SHOW. We are also pleased to host CARE ACTS, a symposium using exhibitions-making as a methodology to explore the impact of recent health legislation. From these accumulations, arebyte gallery will become a site where knowledge gleaned over time about legal aesthetics is made visible in visual, material and discursive presentation.

Throughout the 2 month residency, the Karaoke Court office will be open for singer-litigants to submit claims and to seek song and dispute resolution advice from the Clerk (Jack Tan). The next hearing of the Karaoke Court will take place on 23 June 2016 at the Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick. 

See the Law’s Imagination website for more details:

Curatorial Residency by Jack Tan / 3 May – 26 June 2016
Opening: Thursday, 5th May, 6-9pm

Gallery opens Thursday to Saturdays, 12-6pm or by appointment
Jack Tan is an artist who explores the connection between the social, the legal and art. Jack’s current research looks at the jurisgenerative aspects of both law and art, in particular the role of creative processes in making (legal or artistic) judgments.

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t: 07531574666

Jack Tan