Contemporary Panopticon

Brainstorming and Ideation

My practice in concerned with un-examined ways of reality, specifically the sociology of punishment. Throughout my practice I use institutional devices, and tools to create a dialogue of those whom experienced being incapacitated, and how these objects are used to preserve humanity while in these institutions of punishment. Moreover, as I continue to research the penal institution, I intend to explore certain tactics, and functional architecture as forms of control, and segregation. Recently I have been reading about Pelican Bay a Security Housing Unit in Northern California known for its inmate protests and reformation of ambiguous use of indeterminate sentencing. Therefore I want to create an installation piece that references this happening through the making of an iconic SHU Door.

I will be installing this piece in a liminal space connecting the graduate studios to the faculty offices. With this site specific work I intend to comment on the architectural transparency, and tactics institutional spaces share. Drawing similarities in structures whether academic, social, or punitive.

1st Idea of Security Housing Unit Door, I intend to cut thousands of 1/2" holes to emulate how these doors are made, and the perspective it creates in relation to distance
This is an example for the Security Housing Unit (SHU) Door. The holes are used to view inmates at a distance. However since the cells are roughly 6'x10' inmates have a hard time perceiving the exterior of the cell. I want to explore this use of light and distance to touch on isolation units within the Penal Institution.
This is a refined sketch, as materials and time might be hard on the CNC bit. I am trying to get way with only using one bit and want to keep the cut time down as the bit heats up while doing deep drills repeatedly.

File Work

Top View of first draft. I chose use this version as I was worried about the integrity of the material, if I drilled too many holes in it Ifelt it might become one large living hinge and I need it to be rigid.
Perspective view of door, using the rendition command, I was able to run my hole from a single line, then staggering that rendition, finally copying that and multiplying it to fit with in my dimensions. Approx 2,000 holes.
Here is a simulated tool path, moments away from routing
Due to the size of my material (48'’x96") I had to break up my drilled sections, to allow for it to hang on the bed, but also create enough of a fulcrum so it would be supported. We then screwed down the material on 4 corners to further ensure its registration, and stability. Lastly I traced the outline on the spoil board so I can drill the remainder of the holes at a later time.This was the most difficult part to wrap my mind around. Was translating a larger sized material to fit properly and safely on the bed for drilling.
Here is the first results from pass #1, this is the results from a 1/2" single flute up-cut bit through 1/2". Looks/feels amazing.

1st segment of Drilling

Final Assembly

Prospecting installation environments
Last coat of spray paint, This proved difficult, and would rather use spray gun for a more even coat, as you can see banding from the spray pattern.
Peeling off the contact paper for final installation. I wanted to mitigate any dripping or pooling from the over spray.
The final object within the space.
Detail of holes
Documentation of final installation.
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