Video conferencing technologies and screens are populating criminal courtrooms and prisons in jurisdictions around the world. Live video links are replacing inmates’ physical appearance in the courtroom dock—instead, the inmate appears from a remote prison video booth as a docile, two-dimensional image secured on a screen. This paper addresses the perspective of the incarcerated person, the resulting dematerialisation or relocation of the custody dock, the phenomenology of space and screens, proprioception and the author’s visual arts response. The incursion of video technologies into courts and prisons alters the human experience of criminal process and creates a new visual episteme of the criminal justice system that may be critiqued through a visual arts practice to reveal fresh perspectives.
|Keywords:||Video Conferencing, Prisoners, Phenomenology, Visual Arts|
Research Candidate, Lecturer, Sydney Law School , Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia