The Courtroom Artist Residency Report: Residencies #9-12 by Marc Fischer & Contributors

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The third collection of reports from Public Collectors' meal-based artist residency that brings artists to observe Criminal Court in Chicago, followed by a meal and discussion. For this residency program, artists and creative workers are invited to observe approximately three hours of court proceedings with Marc Fischer of Public Collectors at Cook County Criminal Court on 2600 S. California in Chicago.Featured in this booklet are discussions with Dana Sperry, Bea Malsky, Eric Von Haynes and Melinda Fries. During these four residencies we observed well over a hundred defendants who saw numerous judges for all manner of issues, including one situation where a lawyer wanted to be found in contempt so that he could be given a new judge for his trial. We observed a skunk try to cross from the jail to the court by way of the parking lot, and we watched over two hours of juror questioning in a gun case—learning the hobbies of nearly three dozen Chicago citizens as well as the various crimes they've been the victims of. We also heard a lot about electronic monitoring and challenges posed by evidence that depends on technology. We also watched the watchers when Dana Sperry and I sat behind a victims advocacy group who were waiting for one defendant's hearing. With Dana Sperry, Bea Malsky, Eric Von Haynes and Melinda Fries
Dimensions: 7 X 8.5", 40 pages
Materials: Softcover book

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Half Letter Press is a publishing imprint and online store initiated by Temporary Services—Brett Bloom & Marc Fischer, who have published booklets as an element of their collaborative work since 1998. Half Letter Press was created to publish and distribute book and booklet length works by themselves and others, and to use this endeavor to build long-term support and expanded audiences for people that work creatively in experimental ways.