Anti-Panopticon is a performance lecture and installation created in 2012 for the Museum of Freud's Dreams in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The work examines how prisons have misrepresented in social and architectural history in the panoptic model, as philosopher Michel Foucault imagined it.
The project arose from comparative research into the Russian and Australian prison systems and their architectural roots. In Russia, it turns out the system shares common foundation with Australia’s colonial prisons: one of solitary confinement, and the panoptic concept has been similarly misconstrued. The live performance took place alongside an installation of 15 prints comprised of images that echo this history.