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Joy stick runs the art viewing experience

A write-up from The Stranger of a new art exhibit at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, WA:

Seattle’s contemporary art museum, the Henry Art Gallery, does not provide zoomable pictures on its website, to the endless frustration of all who seek them. In response to this hunger, Seattle artists SuttonBeresCuller have turned the museum’s collection of paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs into a zoomable and physically present landscape, as well as a field for surveillance and voyeurism, and a mechanical factory setting. The scene—it’s rightfully called a scene, because it is a whole live system—is called Panoptos, and it takes place in one tall gallery at the museum. Panoptos is named after the word “panoptic,” which describes a single view that takes in everything visible. It’s a devouring, total view—a perfect, controlling fantasy. (This is the inspiring idea behind prison tower architecture.) Panoptos is a response to the Henry’s request that living artists make new art based on the museum’s holdings, a request that has become trendy across the art world in the last 20 years, and one which the Henry has made before of other local artists.

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Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.