Elle van Baaren

Dutch, 2000

IG: 3113nde

Website: https://3113nde.cargo.site/

Thesis: The panopticon show

Parool, 7 juli 2023

In my graduation project; The Panopticon Show, I transform the viewer into a voyeur. In the centre of the room is a hybrid structure inspired by the architectural concept of the panopticon prison and the circular peep show. Though a peephole is usually tiny and secretive, I modify it into a square frame. Spectators are enticed into private booths, driven by excitement and expectations. They anticipate a clandestine spectacle, but it never occurs, leaving them disillusioned. As in everyday life, the ever-present gazes staring back become overwhelmingly dominant and disturbing and offer no means of escape.