MOOD RING:

Legal Simulation and Non-Linear Time

By January 29, 2021
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https://www.collegemocktrial.org/1

University of Michigan Mock Trial Team, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2020.

Community High School in Ann Arbor, MI practicing in Witness Lab, University of Michigan Museum of Art, 2020. Photo by Mark Gjikich. Community High School in Ann Arbor, MI practicing in Witness Lab, University of Michigan Museum of Art, 2020. Photo by Mark Gjikich.

Legal simulation: A thought experiment intended to train students in legal rules and procedure. Mock trial focuses on litigation and courtroom experience.2

According to Le Guin, “Science Fiction is not predictive, it is descriptive.”3

Adrienne Maree Brown said, “Visionary fiction (a term that Walidah [Imarisha] coined) includes sci fi, speculative fiction, fantasy, magical realism, myth, all of it. In addition to this intentional genrecide, visionary fiction explores how change happens from the bottom up..”is not predictive, it is descriptive.”4

Of Parafiction, Lmabert-Beatty said, “…these fictions are treated as fact.”5

Applied Fiction: Fabricated narrative used to test the boundaries of existing systems and institutions.

Simulations (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), digital print, 2019.


1 “The American Mock Trial Association” Accessed January 27, 2021. https://www.collegemocktrial.org.

2 Robert Blackson, “Once More..With Feeling: Reenactment in Contemporary Art and Culture” Art Journal, (2007), 28-40.

3 Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness, New York: Penguin Group, 1969.

4 Adrienne Maree Brown, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, Chico: AK Press, 2017.

5 Carrie Lambert-Beatty, “Make-Believe: Parafiction and Plausiblity*” October 129 (2009), 51-84.


Funding for Mood Ring is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

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