Oblique intent

Why the name? Well criminal law afficionados will recognise the phrase 'oblique intent' as referring to a problem of mens rea:can a person who intends to do x (such as setting fire to a building to scare the occupants) also be said to have an intention to kill if one of the occupants dies? This is a problem that has consumed an inordinate amount of time in the appeal courts and in the legal journals, and can be taken to represent a certain kind of approach to legal theory. My approach is intended to be more oblique to this mainstream approach, and thus to raise different kinds of questions and issues. Hence the name.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

On 'the Gallows'

I have posted before about the fascinating project 'Punishing Photography', and I would strongly recommend that you visit the site and see how the work is developing. Yesterday was the opening at Barlinnie Prison of an installation from the project. This is not open to the public, but you can see a short video of this impressive and haunting piece of work here, and see some of the photographs and read descriptions of how the work has developed on the blog.

The installation will be open to the public at the Briggait in the spring of next year - watch this space for details.

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