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PANOPTICON

Date: 
Thursday, April 19, 2012 to Sunday, April 22, 2012
Private View: 
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 18:00
Address: 
The Nunnery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ

Four international artists explore observation concepts in our time

….If cameras really add to security of the individual and was where the oppressive regime begins… just what is the right balance between freedom and safety?….

Originally a phrase coined in the 18th century by Jeremy Bentham, a Panopticon allows an observer to observe all inmates of an institution without them being able to tell whether or not they are being watched. Initially, this was utilised as a mechanism of control but now, many years on, the paradigm has apparently changed as control mechanisms are now associated with safety and security.

The exhibition displays different positions and interpretations of four international artists (Germany, Austria, UK) exploring current concepts of observation.

Artists: 
Jakob Malek / Nicole Prutsch / Billy-Paul Rousseau / Patrick Rowan