Lucy Finchett-Maddock

Her research can be fit into the area of critical studies on law and contemporary philosophy. It concerns understanding law in relation to aesthetics, property and resistance. Her book Protest, Property and the Commons: Performances of Law and Resistance focuses on the overlapping of property with law and resistance, it explores space-time and aesthetic aspects of formal and informal laws, property (squatting and housing), the commons and forms of protest. Since 2015 she has been involved in the development of the Art/Law Network (in collaboration with the Art and Law Research Cluster in Sussex) where artists, activists, lawyers and other participants share their work and ideas, and create projects involving law and art. The recurring motif of Lucy Finchett-Maddock’s work is entropy which she applies to consider linear and non-linear relationships between law, resistance and aesthetics, examined from the perspective of speculative philosophy and new materialism, as well as the complexity theory. As a conceptual artist, in her works she attempts to capture ontological questions around the dichotomy of human/machine, subject/object, art/law.  She teaches at the University of Sussex, UK.