2010 PANOPTIKUM

My execution of Panopicom/Weapon was made during a workshop of Henrik Vibskov and Andreas Emenius becoming a part of the exhibition „The Circular Series Section 2 & The Fringe Projects“ with the work of the Danish designers and artists in the House of Arts Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus-Design im Zentrum.
The installation was presented during the fashion conference “Out Of Order”.

The installation Panopticum/Weapon is based on communication happening between prisoners and the original idea of an ideal surveillance society.

The forbidden communication between prisoners in a Panopticom prison is happening in a special way. Old bed sheet and scrap of cloth are bind together to a long tow which is able to get moved from the prisoners in a rotary motion from one prison cell to the others.
The prisoners attach secret messages, self-made wooden weapons or books on the tow as transportation to swap their personal things and stay in touch whatever.

Panopticon on Wikipedia:
The Panopticon is a type of prison building designed by English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in 1785. The concept of the design is to allow an observer to observe (-opticon) all (pan-) prisoners without the incarcerated being able to tell whether they are being watched, thereby conveying what one architect has called the “sentiment of an invisible omniscience.”

Bentham himself described the Panopticon as “a new mode of obtaining power of mind over mind, in a quantity hitherto without example.”

“Morals reformed— health preserved — industry invigorated — instruction diffused — public burthens lightened — Economy seated, as it were, upon a rock — the gordian knot of the poor-law not cut, but untied — all by a simple idea in Architecture!”

Bentham, Jeremy. Panopticon (Preface). In Miran Bozovic (ed.), The Panopticon Writings, London: Verso, 1995, 29-95.