Jenny’s current research is focused on the way that jurors are able to communicate in criminal trials and her vision for the future is to develop academic dialogues on related subjects in as many different artistic languages as she can. Her work is multidisciplinary in which she draws together criminal justice research (specifically jury research), interactive theatre arts (specifically Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed) and critical pedagogy (specifically Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed). To date her work has been focused on the jury and her method of research has been by way of a conceptual exploration culminating in a written thesis. She is currently working with site-specific theatre company Grid Iron on Jury Play – a piece designed to explore juror participation through the eyes of the theatre audience in which she will consider participation as a sensory dialogue in the performative sense.
Thereafter she intends to look at the scope for expanding the boundaries of the courtroom communication and participation through acknowledgement of the deference to the self, and system controls inherent in the courtroom in the shape of the architectural exteriors as well as interior designed space. Thus she will shift my research focus to look at the subliminal influences on the senses which come from the courthouse architecture, the courtroom design and the messages transmitted through signs, notices, zone-markers and posters.
Multidisciplinary research; performance and performativity; jury research; courtroom communication and participation; courtroom architecture and designed space
Scott, J. (2011), ‘Legal Architecture Re-imagined,’ A Review of Legal Architecture: Justice, Due Process and the Place of Law by Linda Mulcahy (Routledge, 2011), pp.415-423
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