Art Project PANOPTIPCON II
18 May 2013, Lviv, Memorial museum “Prison at Lontskoho steet”, as a part of the Night of Museums.
Panopticon (Greek: pan — all, optikos — healthy)
In 1785 English philosopher Jeremy Bentham designed a concept of prison building Panopticon, which allowed a watchman to observe inmates of an institution at the same time prisoners had no opportunity to know if they were watched or not.
In 1975 Michel Foucault published his “Discipline and Punish”. A Panopticon in this work is shown not as an architectural concept but as archetypal image of new contemporary society, as model of control all society members and holding power of one mind over others.
During the last decades a panopticon prison, in spite of all past horrors of totalitarian regimes, was risen in real practice of governments, military and secret services of different countries.
A process of destroying body and conquesting mind always returns like a boomerang, opposing wildness and cruelty to our humaneness. And when we do not realize what is our essence and what is a society, where is nature and where is civilization – we fall into Panopticon.
The Art project PANOPTICON II was held on May 18, 2013 in the Memorial museum “Prison at Lontskoho steet”, as a part of the Night of Museums. Like in the past year the PANOPTICON program consisted of three parts:
- visual (on a second floor of the museum)
- music and theoretical (on a first floor)
Art placates, video installations and art objects were represented in visual part. (Authors: Mykhaylo Barabash, Tereza Barabash, Sergiy Petlyuk, Anatoliy Tatarenko, Yarko Filevych, Oleksiy Khoroshko).
Short reports about cultural elite persecution in a second part of the XX century and Lviv artists’ and intellectuals’ memoirs filled up the theoretical part.
A music part was made by works of composers of the – beginning of the century, performed by a contemporary music assemble “ConstantY”.
Khoroshko, "Lost Angeles 2.0", video installation, 2009
Thereza Barabash, "Forming", video object, 2013
Yarko Filevych, "PANOPTICON II", posters, 2013
Mykhaylo Barabash, "Human III", video installation, 2013
Anatoliy Tatarenko, "Untitled", object, salt, 2013
Serhiy Petlyuk, "Simple democracy", video installation, 2011
May 18, 2012
20.00 – 24:00 Exposition of video-installation "TURMA" by Mykhaylo Barabash and exposition of posters "PANOPTICON" by Yaroslav Filevych.
20.00 – 21:00 Ostap Manulyak's lecture about repression against music and musicians.
21.00 – 23:00 Concert of electroacoustic and multimedia works performing by ensemble of contemporary music "Con-Sonus...". Compositions by Bohdan and Yurko Bulka, Edgard Varese, Elliott Carter, Ostap Manulyak, Bohdan Sehin, Lubava Sydorenko, Karlheinz Stockhausen.