16 ene 2013


by Kinet & Laslett

Boullée - Ledoux, Theatre of Besançon

Panoptic is the first Kite & Laslett project void of the combinative intervention of light and sound, pursuing a fresh creative path producing kinetic-based sculpture through inventive material exploration.

The installation is an instrument for observation, a device through which the ocular perception of the prison is altered. The project explores the notion of panoptics, a term derived from the philosophical and architectural concept of the panopticon, first conceived by Jeremy Bentham during the Age of Englightenment, a spatial paradigm through which society can be observed and controlled. The project investigates the correlation between voyeurism and architectural space and how panoptic-based architecture can influence our pathological state and consciousness. Michel Foucault’s mechanism of panopticism, takes the concept further as a symbol for modern disciplinary society:

“The Panopticon is an ideal architectural figure of modern disciplinary power. The Panopticon creates a consciousness of permanent visibility as a form of power, where no bars, chains, and heavy locks are necessary for domination any more.” Excerpt from Discipline & Punish; The Birth of the Prison, Michel Foucault

The framed perspective encircled by the oculus mimics a cell window. The view could be representative not of hope or objective emancipation, but of hermetic entrapment. The kaleidoscopic image of the prison is in constant movement, providing no visual escape for the eye. The multiple reflections give a foreshortened flatness and illusionary perspective to the whole ocular view.

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