The "Inside out Panopticon" chandelier brings the idea of watched cell mates into our homes, bringing the Panopticon into the 21st century.
The idea behind the chandelier was to create a 3D representation of processes occurring in our world today: governments spying on individuals, huge corporations gathering information on consumers and so on.
As people, we feel safer surrounding ourselves with walls and security cameras in an effort to keep others out. Yet, at the same time, we give away more and more personal information that in turn has the potential to manipulate and control our thoughts.
"Inside out Panopticon" is far from a security chandelier. On the contrary, it is a jail of sorts.
The Panopticon, an institutional building envisioned by English philosopher Jeremy Bentham, is built in such a way that allows one guard to observe all the inmates at one time. Bentham devised a circular building with the cells on the perimeter and a watch tower in the middle. Each cell extends the entire thickness of the building with windows on both sides allowing light to pass through. The occupants of the cell are backlit thus allowing the guard to constantly observe them. The inmates, not knowing when they are being watched.
Created at Bezelal Academy of Arts & Design under the guidance Of Tal Gur.