Entry Title: "Under Surveillance-The Modern Panopticon"
Name: Daniel Balteanu , Ireland
Category and Expertise: Documentary, Student
Entry Description: ‘Under Surveillance - The Modern Panopticon’ explores how surveillance cameras have slowly, and in an almost unobserved manner, forced their way into our daily lives; and all this to the extent that we have become almost unaware of their overwhelming and omnipresent power.
The photographs invite us into an ongoing debate about the conflict between the invasion of privacy and the importance of this type of surveillance when it comes to making a stand against, and understanding, criminal behaviour.
In very recent years, surveillance cameras have proved to be vital instruments in solving crime. This practice raises important questions: where do we stand with regards to individual privacy, when did it become the accepted practice to have surveillance cameras in a constant gaze at us, and could this omnipresent surveillance mechanism be considered Jeremy Bentham’s modern version of the Panopticon?