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Professor Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (aka PICPOET)
Professor of Law & Theory, University of Westminster

Venice, late 1500s. A Contract is signed between the most renowned painter of the Venetial Renaissance, Tiziano Vecellio, and the Franciscans Brothers of the Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Burial ground for Titian will be reserved in the church, in return for a specially commissioned painting. It is agreed that this painting will be the altarpiece above Titian’s tomb.

Cologne, 2132. The legal draft of Ad Vitam Aeternam that eventually were to become the basis for one of the first laws established by the Communities under Aeternity, is brought back to light. It is generally acknowledged thatAd Vitam Aeternam has come to characterise the whole subsequent production of laws of constitutional import, as well as localised regulations and policies. Historically, the emergence of the law came at the opportune time of biocapitalism. The law enabled the latter to control the alt-democratic tendencies of parts of Europe, Australia and North America. Reading it now has a certain archaeological interest, especially in view of the references to such utopian practices as synchronised breathing and procreation in the achronon.

“He had, however, asked me what I imagined death would be like – and when I said that the pictures would stop, he reflected seriously on my answer, came to a fullstop, and considered what I might mean by this. No one can give up on the pictures. The pictures might, yes they might continue.” (Saul Bellow, Ravelstein, 222).

Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, LLB, LLM, PhD, is Professor of Law & Theory at the University of Westminster [more], and founder and Director of The Westminster Law & Theory Lab. He is regularly invited to talk in institutions around the world and holds permanent professorial affiliations with the Centre for Politics, Management and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School since 2006, and the University Institute of Architecture, Venice since 2009.

Andreas has been awarded the 2011 OUP National Award for the Law Teacher of the Year, and has since been invited to join the Judging Committee. He has also been awarded the IUCN Global Senior Distinguished Environmental Law Education Award in 2016 for his radical interdisciplinary teaching. His research interests are also interdisciplinary and include space, bodies, radical ontologies, post-humanist studies, critical autopoiesis, literature, psychoanalysis, continental philosophy, gender studies, art theory, and their connection to the law. Andreas is also a practicing artist, working on photography, text and performance under the name of picpoet. His recent art publication is called a fjord eating its way into my arm, published by AND publishers, London. He is also a fiction writer, with his first book The Book of Water published in Greek and currently translated and prepared for publication in English, Italian and French.

His academic books include the monographs Absent Environments (2007), Niklas Luhmann: Law, Justice, Society (2009), Spatial Justice: Body Lawscape Atmosphere (2014), and the edited volumes Law and the City (2007), Law and Ecology (2011), Observing Luhmann: Radical Theoretical Encounters  (co-edited with Anders La Cour, 2013), Knowledge-creating Milieus in Europe: Firms, Cities, Territories (co-edited with Augusto Cusinato, 2015), Environmental Research Method Handbook (with Victoria Brooks, Elgar, 2017) and the Routledge Research Handbook on Law and Theory (2018). Andreas is the editor (with Christian Borch) of the Routledge Glasshouse series Space, Materiality and the Normative and the WUP Law and the Senses series. He is currently completing a monograph on Material Justice (2020).

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