2004-05-26 - The photo-action, video – Apex Art Gallery, New York
To enter the USA nowadays, as a Russian citizen I have to leave my fingerprints. This method of personal identification comes from criminology: in this manner criminals can be easily controlled. automatically a possible crime. Does it mean that everyone who wishes to visit the US is automatically considered a potential criminal/terrorist? What is the status of society of supervision in the modern world? For Michel Foucault the Panopticum was a symbol for a society of supervision: an optimum architectural construction in which the supervisor can observe the prisoners unhindered. Thus one could sadly conclude today that Foucault’s terms can account for a modern developed society. Furthermore, the more prosperous the country, the more transparent the actions of its citizens, as one can see when comparing advanced capitalist countries like US or Switzerland to the less financially stable Russia or Latin America, where corruption may allow to escape social scrutiny.