In our contemporary society, the idea of surveillance is exponentially becoming the subject of much discourse today as it plays a constantly active role in our daily lives. We are the subjects of panoptic power. Our every move is documented meticulously, as both our physical and virtual data trails can be followed, tracked, analysed and interpreted. However, as Anthony Giddens recognised, despite the concept of surveillance substantially emerging as a significant pillar in society during the 19th century, it can be historically found in a vast array of spaces (Glavey, 2017).
Hieronymus Bosch, Seven Deadly Sins, c. 1480-1500
For instance, the concept of surveillance can be found as early as the 15th Century, in Hieronymus Bosch’s ‘Seven Deadly Sins’. This painting encapsulates the notion of surveillance, through a religious lens and plays on people’s faith to instil human behaviour. This ultimately, exemplifies how the idea of surveillance is used as means…
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