Karlsruhe

Karlsruhe

CTRL [SPACE]: Rhetorics of Surveillance from Bentham to Big Brother

ZKM | Center for Art and Media
Lorenzstraße 19
June 11, 2013–February 24, 2002

The twofold destiny of the spectator: A viewing subject, this modern figure who was constituted parallel to the autonomous work of art, is also always the object of the other’s gaze. This is the theme explored by Thomas Y. Levin through an itinerary whose theoretical and chronological point of departure is Jeremy Bentham’s vision of a panoptical prison project. Examining the consequences of this model of total control for visual culture, Levin has gathered around fifty names, among them artists, photographers, architects, and filmmakers. “CTRL [SPACE]”: an exhibition that should see you.