In Sight| 42mins
Director: Andrea Slovakova | Producer:
Focus Years: | Country: Czech Republic
A film essay about classical and postmodern supervision mechanisms. In the second half of the 18th century, Jeremy Bentham designed the model of a panopticon, a type of building that made supervision most effective. Panopticons were firstly used for prisons, places where supervision and punishment are the main functions. Secret services and other surveillance technologies are the new panopticons. They can monitor, save, and store data about people to identify them and distinguish the location and time of peopleâ€™s behavior and actions. An architecture theorist, software expert, people who are or were monitored, and the former secret service agents explain their panoptical experience. Rereading Michel Foucault's "Discipline and Punish," through experience with different kinds of supervision, in the film we are looking for the perfect application of the panoptical principle.