Justice for Some: A Multidisciplinary Investigation of the Power of Image in Protest

By Libby Haslam, Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp and Alysia Woodruff.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

Format Price
Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Marriage laws, body rights, gay teen suicide, political extremism, exploitation of women, human trafficking, disembodied protest, and media manipulation are images current in our global political landscape. ‘Justice for Some’ is a multi-disciplinary performance and educational model that challenges the notion of equality and discrimination. It acts as a vehicle for social change through awareness, education, exposure and visual/spatial description.

What constitutes the images and shaping’s of protest?

How does architecture, design and spatial environment inform and elicit memory and emotion?

What is the physicality of protest, how is it embodied or disembodied?

Image is visceral and communicates in a way that words cannot. Spatial parodies evoke memory and emotion emerging from cultural and past experiences. Phrases of movement become physical metaphors to culture and society. As humans, we are constantly grappling with body image, body language and the loss of respect for body knowledge. This collaborative piece adds to the vibrancy of our community and is a valuable means to initiate social dialogue and foster community connection through art.

Keywords: Protest, Awareness and Social Change, Multi-disciplinary Collaboration, Architecture, Video, Photography, Musical Composition, Movement or Dance Theatre, Media and the Current Political Landscape, Human Rights, Discrimination and Equality

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.51-64. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.031MB).

Libby Haslam

Adjunct Associate Professor, Design Studio, College of Architecture, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Libby Haslam grew up in São Paulo, Brazil. She received her Master’s of Architecture at the University of Utah. A licensed architect in the USA, she has been teaching design studio at the School of Architecture (University of Utah) since 2002. In 10 years of practice she has worked for three firms of various scales. Currently, she is a project manager for GSBS Architects, a firm involved in commercial and government work, with an emphasis in environmentally conscious structures. In 2006, Libby moved to Bluff, Utah where, with her husband, she ran a semester of DesignBuildBluff, a design/build program for architecture students that build houses on the Navajo Reservation. Libby has collaborated with Alysia Woodruff on set design for performances in and out of graduate school. Libby is interested in architecture that has a social, environmental and physical conscious and believes that the built environment should force users to question how they should interact with spaces, whether designed, natural or serendipitous.

Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp

Head of Dance, Department of Drama, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

Rose is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and somatic body practitioner. She is the founder of inFluxdance. Rose holds a BFA in Dance from Emerson College and an MFA in Choreography from California Institute of the Arts. In addition, she is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst and Bartenieff Practitioner (CLMA). Rose has danced with Annie Rosenthal and Co, Patricia Jiron, Rosemary Hannon, Alysia Woodruff, Emily Randolph and Dancers, Miki Liszt Dance Company and Ipswich Moving Company as well as various Contact Improvisation Projects. Rose’s choreography is influenced by her experience in Contact Improvisation, her love of being off-vertical and her exploration of LMA theory. Rose has been extremely active in each of the communities she has lived and created in. She has spent the last 6 years creating and implementing the academic dance program at the University of Virginia.

Alysia Woodruff

Adjunct Professor, Department of Performing Arts, Weber State University, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Alysia received her BA in Dance Education from Goucher College in Maryland and her MFA from the University of Utah in modern dance. Her thesis research surrounded trends in Deaf education, artistic collaboration and in depth study of Deaf Culture as a cultural and linguistic minority group. She co-founded a non-profit dance company in Salt Lake City called Paradigm Dance Project (PDP). Alysia’s past and current work is a merge of American Sign Language (ASL) and modern dance. She is fascinated by the juxtaposition of ASL, a very specific movement language paired with modern dance, an abstract form of movement as communication. The synthesis of these two movement languages drives her current artistic and creative research, including her community based work in Salt Lake City, UT. She has taught at the University of Utah, Emerson, DeSales University and University of Virginia as a guest lecturer and Bridgewater State College as a Visiting Lecturer. She has presented her work involving dance and Deaf Culture, most recently at the World Dance Alliance Global Assembly in NYC as well as at the National Dance Educator Conference in Arizona. Currently, she is teaching at Weber State University and is a freelance ASL/ English interpreter.