Panopticism and Pre-Emptive Discipline in the UK

[published in CounterPunch, 19 September, 2014] The Panopticon functions as a kind of laboratory of power.  Thanks to its mechanisms of observation, it gains in efficiency and in the ability to penetrate into men’s behaviour; knowledge follows the advances of power, discovering new object of knowledge over…

A Conversation with Herzog and de Meuron on Memory, Textures & Smells

I sat down with Pierre de Meuron and Jacques Herzog (of Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron) just before the dismantling of the Serpentine Gallery’s 2012 Pavilion in Hyde Park, London.  The 2012 Serpentine Pavilion was designed by Herzog, de Meuron and Chinese artist,…

Gilbert and George Discuss Memory and Art

During the Serpentine Gallery’s Memory Marathon, I conducted an interview with the artistic duo, Gilbert and George. Moments before they had just finished presenting The Singing Sculpture which encapsulates for them the past, present and future.  Here is our discussion on memory and art. George,…