Panopticon_Frontier 601


Panopticon_Frontier 601 by Nora Ancarola (Buenos Aires, 1955) is based on Michel Foucault's investigations of the 1970s on disciplinary mechanisms from the 16th to the 19th centuries. The French philosopher focused on three institutions that articulate social indoctrination during modernity: the school, the hospital and the prison. The term panoptism appears in his book "Discipline and Punish (1975) by Foucault, which refers to the Panopticon (1791) of the thinker Jeremy Bentham. The Panopticon is an architectural and prison surveillance model without being seen as the antecedent of the control of contemporary public spaces The Ancarola project also explores the so-called "German shed", euphemism with which the Gestapo bunker is called installed at the beginning of World War II at a strategic point in Portbou.

From Michel Foucault to border militarization

The panoptism and the booth of the Germans takes the artist to the borders, or rather, to the border militarization and violence instituted by the state power against the migrant population, as well as the penalizing archetypes generated from the media, political and political sphere. legal The exhibition consists of a video installation with projections, light boxes and objects that stage the visual control system, moving the pan-optic experience to the protected area of ​​the museum, which allows us to understand how surveillance develops in the present and, most importantly, how much of these devices are currently present in the new digital panoptics.

Free guided tours, starting July 27: Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 h

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