Embodying the Panopticon

Embodying the Panopticon is a virtual reality performance which interrogates the modern state of surveillance through embodiment  casting a look at both sides of the surveillance interrogating the postmodern subject-object position in an age of big data that attempts to reach the objective truth.

The Performance

  • Two performers wearing Oculus Rift and Arduino+DC Servo Motors on their arms sit with their backs facing each other
  • The Surveilled browses the Internet while The Surveillant gets the data stream and metadata based on their activity
  • The Surveilled’s motors replicate arm movements based on the severity of actions they commit while browsing
  • The Surveillant has to connect all the raw, decontextualized data that’s modulated on audio-visual channels before the “Search for Truth” gets too overwhelming

Influences

Conceptual

Technical

Technology Used

  • MITM Proxy
  • Oculus Rift
  • Unity3D
  • Max/MSP
  • Arduino
  • Processing
  • Linksys Wi-Fi Router
  • TouchOSC iOS Application