Panoptic Suspect

Panoptic Suspect

“There is no need for arms, physical violence, material constraints. Just a gaze. An inspecting gaze, a gaze which each individual under its weight will end by interiorising to the point that he is his own overseer, each individual thus exercising this surveillance over, and against, himself. A superb formula: power exercised continuously and for what turns out to be a minimal cost. “ (Foucault, 1980: 155)

“A camera represents total one-way-ness of the gaze by making it impossible to look back. One may see the camera but an eye-contact with it is impossible. There is no 'mutual' gaze. It would feel ridiculous to try to flirt with a surveillance camera. Its objects are constantly seen but with no possibility to 'respond' or 'oppose' the gaze.” (Koskela, H. 2003)

Surveillance Photography
Untitled, 2007, Archival Pigment Prints, 50x70cm, Edition of 5
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