panopticon: christchurch, nz
photo by pvi collective
panopticon: perth
photo by bohdan warchomij
panopticon: sydney
photo by pvi collective
panopticon: brisbane
photo by emma mcclean

the panopticon series is a tactical media event and a direct attempt to actively reclaim a sense of control over the public spaces we inhabit and technologies we use.

panopticon is a site specific privacy service to individuals who frequent heavily surveilled & monitored public spaces. the work appropriates the use of umbrellas as a tactical privacy tool, allowing travellers the opportunity for a brief moment of privacy in a public space, to walk ‘freely’ under the constant gaze of security cameras. individual travellers are shrouded in a cocoon of umbrellas and navigated by the pvi privacy team on one of five devised routes in the cityscape. the resulting live actions are documented via video and sound and then installed as part of a sculptural installation.

Creative Team

devised by: pvi collective

pvi privacy team: james mccluskey, chris williams and kate neylon

Performance History

panopticon: brisbane – raw space galleries, curated by bree jackson, brisbane, 16 mar – 1 may 2007

panopticon: sydney – primavera exhibition curated by vivienne webb, museum of contemporary art, 2 sept – 14 nov 2004

panopticon: perth – drift exhibition curated by bec dean, perth institute of contemporary arts, 26 aug – 26 sept 2004

panopticon: taipei  – taipei artist village gallery, taipei, taiwan, oct – nov 2003

an asialink project in partnership with the australian network for art and technology, in exchange with the taipei artists village, and supported by arts wa and the australia council.