Panopticon 2019

Panopticon
2019
~ 190cm x 120cm x 2cm
Ryijy (grandparents’ plastic waste and own clothing waste)

The Panopticon is a prison type developed by philosopher Jeremy Bentham at the end of the 18th century. The scheme of the design is to allow all inmates of an institution to be observed by a single watchman without the inmates being able to tell whether or not they are being watched.

My work originated from the “secret eye” of social media (Moderators, sales of information, google advertising, etc.), which monitors our actions online. I was also thinking of my own eye, which without any hesitation observes and serves me things to condemn.

I chose textile and plastic waste as a material, referring to the old-fashioned, infinitely polluting “ready, take and toss” model of today’s textile industry. The Panopticon -ryijy is made of both my grandparents’ plastic waste and my family’s garment waste.