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Borders, Barriers, Walls: Reading Group


Wednesday 11 May and Wednesday 25 May 2016, 5.30pm

Location: Monash University Museum of Art
Ground floor, Building F, Monash University Caulfield campus

Borders, Barriers, Walls participating artists Sonia Leber and David Chesworth will host a reading group focussing on Enlightenment prison theory, a theme that underscores their exhibited work, This Is Before We Disappear From View 2014-16.

In this reading group, participants will explore the 'modern' regimes of control and discipline that were proposed for prisons during the Enlightenment – most famously, Jeremy Bentham's 'panopticon' model, which he developed in the late-eighteenth century.

Features of Enlightenment prison systems included radical types of purpose-built architecture that encouraged strict physical separation and forms of useful labour in order to influence the prison inmates’ will to self-improve.

Consideration of Enlightenment prison systems will be contrasted with contemporary forms of off-shore detention and the current prison industrial complex in which efforts towards social reintegration and improvement are measured against political and financial imperatives.

Image: Sonia Leber and David Chesworth
This Is Before We Disappear From View 2014
4-16 channel audio, installation view, 19th Biennale of Sydney
Courtesy of the artists

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