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On Panopticon - Collaborative Project
The Panopticon is an Ideal structure invented and designed by the English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham, in the late 18th century.
Bentham himself described the Panopticon as "a new mode of obtaining power of mind over mind, in a quantity hitherto without example."
The concept of the panopticon can be seen as the ideal jail for watching and controlling criminal with a centralized and omniscient power, without letting any of the prisoners knowing about the observation of the power, the people 'in charge'.
But it is the diagram of our modern society.
The prison exploded from the inside with the help of technology, what used to be a closed structure, is now a full opened structure, leading us to the concept of 'Self discipline' and the old disciplinary system has been transformed into a hyper surveillance system as a norm of existence.
Vanitas Vanitatum, Omnias Vanitas
It's like sending a postcard than nobody really read or pay attention to
At the era of mass communication the communication itself is broken. The relation between the artist, the art piece and the viewer is most of the time a one way and distant relationship.
Collaborative Project - Callum Pepper
The Platonic solids have been known since the antiquity period, and the cube is one of those symbols.
Plato wrote about it, he associated each of the four classical elements to a geometric shape and cube is related to the place where humanity appear : Earth,
The concept of this sculpture is inspired by sci-fy, especially the Kubrick movie (2001- Space Odessy). Where light plays an important role and has a precise signification as a symbol.
The "black monolith" (2001 Space odyssey) take place as the symbol of intellect, as much as a mysterious role playing with the dark and the bright side of life related to Light in Kubrick's universe.
The perception of this sculpture in the dark while the strobe light is on change completely, it showcases the importance of light in our way of perceiving and living, in one hand by using the sense of sight, on the other hand as a first cause of interpretation of our world more metaphorically like religions and/or others belief.
Copyright Arnaud Meneroud