In 1945 the Argentinian writer Adolfo Bioy Casares published his Plan de evasión; a novel in which he presents the efforts of a group of scientists to create a place of confinement where the prisoners would not feel that they were imprisoned. On an island, a complex system of experiments is meant to control the impressions of the prisoners in order that they construct, each one for his own, a pre-determined fake vision, a systematic illusion in which everyone is enclosed: an impression of fake freedom. The KAM workshops 2012 of Berlin would elaborate on the subject of communities that already vulgarized and shared the “panopticon cultures” as the continuous conditions of social normality. Systems of freedom in this frame are examined as analogous to the Plan de evasión: Adolfo Bioy Casares’s system of detention in illusion forms one of the main thematic areas that the police workshop approached in Berlin. The first thematic area of 2012 KAM workshops is linked in an analogous way to the constitution of a mapped world as a first system of detention. On this map the physical part of the person is configured as always already included.
The participants design or describe with technical accuracy a system of auto surveillance through a series of drawings that will form the task of this first narrative workshop. How can we imagine today within the era of technology a police functioning without walls? How can we think again about punishment without isolation? The participants prescribe the strategy of a system. Presentations includes information about control rooms for a city’s surveilling methods. The program of the first workshop also includes theoretical investigations about the formation of a self recorded community. What a prison would offer to a society that already organizes for itself an intense system of watching for all the extend of its ground?
The preparation of a “book on demand” is a central target of the workshop. The volume will be prepared during the days that the workshop runs. Some visits in the city were also be connected to the workshop’s thematic field. Recordings of different types are added to the book. Some discussions via Internet were also programmed. The Workshop takes place with the partnership of the Graduate School of UdK in Einsteinuferstrasse 43, Berlin, room 203, second floor.