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panopticon: taipei

about panopticon: taipei

a uniquely absurd privacy service for members of the public.

during a 3 month asialink residency in taiwan, pvi developed a unique and absurd ‘privacy service‘ for members of the public who travelled via the new intensely monitored underground metro rail network. collaborating with 100 local fashion students, pvi constructed a human-sized shielding sphere made entirely of domestic umbrellas.

citizens of the underground were offered the opportunity to travel in full privacy, guided by cb radios and a small army of umbrella holders. the attempted journeys were video documented and installed in taipai artists village as part of an international visiting artist exhibition.

a postcard series was also created, taking the bubble-like umbrella construction above ground to seminal tourist spots through out taiwan.

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featuring 100 taiwan college of fashion and textile students and pvi collective

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intervention and exhibition history

taipei artist village gallery, taiwan, oct – nov 2003

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