"Mirror Stage" 2012 Panopticon Exhibition View, The Nunnery, London

“The Panopticon is a machine for dissociating the see/being seen dyad: in the peripheric ring, one is totally seen, without ever seeing; in the central tower, one sees everything without ever being seen." Michel Foucault

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"Mirror Stage" 2012 Panopticon Exhibition View, The Nunnery, London

"Mirror Stage" 2012 Panopticon Exhibition View, The Nunnery, London

Originally an18th century concept proposed by philosopher and theorist Jeremy Bentham, a Panopticon allows one conducting surveillance over all inmates of an institution to create a sense of instability and uncertainty in those being discreetly observed. Initially, this was utilized as a mechanism of control but in recent times the paradigm has shifted, since control mechanisms have also become a tool for evoking a sense of safety and security. 

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"Mirror Stage" 2012 Panopticon Exhibition View, The Nunnery, London

"Mirror Stage" 2012

Mirror Stage’, a series of performances on London buses, references Jaques Lacan‘s theory of the „Gaze“, in a work that exaggerates the psychological effect of the loss of autonomy, through the realization that to be objectively visible causes one to act differently. The work also draws influence from Marina Abramovic’s “Art Must Be Beautiful Artist Must Be Beautiful” but translated to our time by being rather a quick “getting ready” and staying on the surface.

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"Mirror Stage" 2012

"Mirror Stage" 2012 Panopticon Exhibition View

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"Mirror Stage" 2012 Panopticon Exhibition View

"Mirror Stage" 2012

Performance in Bus 243 from Holborn to Wood Green

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"Mirror Stage" 2012

"Mirror Stage" 2012 Panopticon Exhibition View, The Nunnery, London

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"Mirror Stage" 2012 Panopticon Exhibition View, The Nunnery, London

"Mirror Stage" 2012

Exhibition View Panopticon, The Nunnery, London

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"Mirror Stage" 2012