After seeing the Henrik Vibskov show tonight, I researched the Panopticon. The theme of his show was 'Panopticon and on...'
While at the show I knew there was to be a theme, because that's how he works: in concepts so thick that the entire show is determined by that central idea. I did not know what it was, even after seeing the show. In the courtyard of a high school that I walk by often enough to recognize a handful of students, the benches were set up, hexagonal, around a structure with four 'walls' attached around a central axes, made of slightly transparent screening, and with a green door leading to the next 'room'. The models came out, opening each door, walking through it, and then closing it behind htem before moving on to the next. They were wearing wiry beards, upright berets, and crazy glasses with three layers of lenses extending outwards from the bridge of their noses. (And these really awesome clothes...)
All of the sudden, four men dressed all in black walk out and start spinning the set around. Except the doors stay stationary. So the walls are spinning around, and with the walls the rooms. So no matter how many times you walk through the doors you might never really move forward. Which made me think of Kafka's K who will never reach the castle, or at least we will never know.
And so the book ends. And so the show ends.
It was a show that makes you happy you went to the show, not just the showroom.
But not to forget the Panopticon: it was a structure designed in 1787 by JEREMY BENTHAM as a means for certain groups of people to be inspected in whatever the given environment, be it a prison a hospital or a school, might be monitored without the inspectors being seen.
These plans were never realized.