Law Shifters returns to Åland and NIPÅ 2.10-11.12. Stine Marie Jacobsen, Law Shifters, Culture Laboratory, Funen, 2018, Photographer Liv Møller

How would you rewrite laws to be more just?

What would your judgment be in a real case? 

Law Shifters is a project created by the Danish artist Stine Marie Jacobsen, where you can rewrite existing judgments and laws. Through role-playing workshops, people around the Nordic region are invited to debate various legal cases and the upshot is an exhibition with their new fictitious laws. The project was already in late summer of 2019 in Åland. Then as now, through role-playing, young and adult people have the possibility to familiarize themselves with and debate real court cases, in order to  find out how laws and judgments would look like, if citizens decided them. In autumn / winter 2020, the socially engaged art project Law Shifters will revisit Åland with an exhibition, workshops and a law machine.

The project results in the creation of new legislative proposals or amendments to existing laws that are drafted together and in consultation with a lawyers. The people's legislative proposals are printed on posters and exhibited around the Nordic countries, among others. Law Shifters has been at the Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center in Copenhagen, The Council of Europe,  the Art Museum in Nuuk in Greenland and was displayed in the streets during the Nuuk Nordisk Art Festival 2019.

Now the exhibition is coming to Åland. It challenges our view of our legal society, from a civic perspective. In the exhibition there will also be an interactive law machine that visitors can use. In connection with the exhibition, new workshops will be offered with Stine Marie Jacobsen, the initiator of the Law Shifters project.

Law Shifters is a project she has now been doing for 6 years in several different parts of the world. Stine Marie Jacobsen is a conceptual artist who works to decode violence and laws, individually and together through participation. She works and lives in Copenhagen and Berlin.

- "The Law Shifters project gets young people to discuss their political and ethical views and sense of justice, as they re-judge real lawsuits and write new bills that reflect the reality of which they are a part of today." says Stine Marie Jacobsen.

Attorney Isa Böttinger will also be present when the project returns to Åland. Böttinger comes from Sweden and has previously worked with Stine Marie Jacobsen.

Read more about Law Shifters.

Read more about Stine Marie Jacobsen and her work.

What? Exhibition at Gallery NIPÅ, Storagatan 9, Mariehamn
When? October 2nd - December 11th, 2020

Please note! After the summer, registration opportunities will be given to the workshops that are organized in connection with the exhibition. There will be 3 workshops for young people and 2 for adults between October 5th - 9th. Make sure to follow NIPÅs facebook-page and subscribe to our newsletter, so that you won´t miss out on the opening of the registration for these workshops!

 

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