With panOptical, I explored the theory of panopticism, which is the behavioral discipline and structure that results from the conviction that one is constantly surveilled by authorities. In this site-specific installation, the visitor is forced to experience and reflect on the presence of mass-surveillance techniques, how these are introduced into our daily lives and how fragile these systems are.
panOptical debuted at the Uncloud Festival UNshaping exhibition of 2020, located at the former Pieter Baan Centrum in Utrecht, a psychiatric research facility and prison.
The installation was the result of a residency at Uncloud Festival where I had some weeks to work on it. A very important part of the installation were the already present CCTV system, videoswitchers, processors and infrastructure. The videogear I brought myself were mainly used for the generative and mixing part, and ofcourse the CRT-TV sculptures.