PANOPTICON DREAMS

An interactive artwork by Thomas Marcusson


The Panopticon Dreams series is looking at our fascination with new technology. More and more gadgets seem to find their way into our daily lives with the promise of connections, information and endless avenues of self-expression. But with this onslaught of technology comes the possibility of unwanted tracking and control; a self-initiated Panopticon of modern surveillance.

With the aid of oversized mirror glasses the portraits seem to break their 2-dimensional confinement and gaze in awe into the gallery space. Through the use of motion sensors controlling lights behind the mirrors, the glasses seem to constantly be checking the presence of the visitor.