Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault (1975)

1946-1989, Date, History, History/Theory, Theory

This book by Michel Foucault is an analysis of changes in the Western penal systems during the modern age. He wrote about how this new disciplinary power led to the predominance of the prison and how it influences society as a whole.

Traditionally, power was what was seen, what was shown, and what was manifested…Disciplinary power, on the other hand, is exercised through its invisibility; at the same time it imposes on those whom it subjects a principle of compulsory visibility. In discipline, it is the subjects who have to be seen.

Media Burn by Ant Farm (1975)

1946-1989, Date, Disruptive Spaces, Infrastructure/Data

The aim of this video is to transform media from something that dominates to something that is used for liberation. This artwork demonstrates distruction of the television to emphasize the consumers capitulation to both an invasive media and a media that transforms subject to object.

Television, becuause of its technology and the way it must be used, can only produce autocratic political forms, hierarchies and hopeless alienation.