Robin Rhode
Pan’s Opticon Studies, 2009

Rhode’s artworks include site-specific wall paintings, drawings, performances, photograph series, videos and sculptures. Their central themes include race affiliation, class and geopolitics. Pan’s Opticon Studies, 2009, shows a young colored person in a suit and hat, his face turned away from the viewer. His eyes are connected to the wall by an architect’s compass or forceps which evoke associations of anthropological measuring instruments. These technical devices suggest that our view of the world can be defined by constructive and cognitive processes but is also determined by them. The Pan’s Opticon Studies research differences and similarities between the process of visual perception and the process of art production. The title of the series is a play on ‘panopticon’ – a prison building conceived by the British philosopher Jeremy Bentham, in which all the inmates can be observed from a central location without their knowledge. Here, Rhode’s doppelgänger is using an architect’s compass as a tool of ‘mass observation’, while the figure represents ‘Pan’, a fictional human character, under the ‘stress of observation’.

Related artworks



Photography 91 Artworks

Santiago Sierra
111 Konstruktionen mit 10 Elementen und 10 Arbeitern (Nr. 63, #66/04), 2004
b-w photographies, framed, Ed. 1/2 + 1 AP

Series 100 Artworks

Andy Warhol
Benz Patent-Motorwagen (1886), 1986
Siebdruck, Acryl auf Leinwand
Guy Tillim
Petros Village Emily, Alefa, Gloria Banda und Muyeso Makawa. Petros Village, Malawi, 2006
Pigmentdruck auf Baumwollpapier, Aufl. 2/8 + 1AP
Dayanita Singh
Go Away Closer, 2001
Black-and-white photography, silver gelatine selenium toned, Ed. 3/7 + 2AP

social critical 21 Artworks

Luca Trevisani
Die Befindlichkeit des Landes, 2013
UV ray print on plastic mirror foil
David Goldblatt
Kite-flying, near Phuthaditjhaba, in the Qwa Qwa bantustan, now Free State, 1 May 1989, 1989
Silver gelatin print on fibre paper
close

Shopping cart

Versand und Abwicklung erfolgt über die Bücherbogen am Savignyplatz GmbH in Berlin. Für Fragen zu Bestellungen wenden Sie sich bitte direkt an info@buecherbogen.com Handling and Shipping is done by theBücherbogen am Savignyplatz GmbH in Berlin. For questions regarding your order please contact info@buecherbogen.com directly.
checkout*
* Bestellungen aus der EU sind bei PayPal auch ohne Anmeldung möglich. Sie können dann auch bequem per Bankeinzug oder mit Ihrer Kreditkarte zahlen. Für diese Option klicken Sie bitte auf PayPal und wählen anschließend die Bezahlung "Mit Lastschrift oder Kreditkarte" aus. Buyers from within the EU can use PayPal even without having a PayPal account. Via Paypal you can also check out with direct debit or with your credit card. For this option please click on "Check out with PayPal" and make use of the "Payment by Direct Debit or Credit Card".