Panoptics is a immersive realtime interactive environment exploring the cross sections of realtime data visualization, our connection to the data being continually collected in contemporary society, and surveillance.

Panoptics is part realtime animation, part data visualization/data audification, and part philosophical question into the value and pitfalls of societal networked culture. The installation is ultimately a exploration of the ephemeral nature of data and the virtual world that we are creating for ourselves. As new technology comes into existence, how do we as a culture understand the implications of that technology? How do we form a dialogue and understanding around the networks we have built? How are we as participants in the internet commodified, marketed, and sold?

All software for the installation was made with MAX using security cameras and projecting on transparent screens. Three max patches were used running on three networked computers for the installation. The first patch used the cv.jit library to do blob tracking on the audience in the first room. That data from the blob detection was then sent to the second patch running the 3d model built in with jit.gen would then react and move based on that data. Finally the third patch would extract audio data out of the image using a slit-scan process to then drive a oscbank~.

More Links

Aug 01 2013 | 9:20 pm

It looks great, I wish I could have experienced it in the space.
What kind of sound diffusion (if any) did you use?

Aug 02 2013 | 9:37 am

Hi Giorgio,

Thanks for the kind words. Although the gallery had concrete floors and bare walls, I found that diffusion was not necessary. I was using two jbl lsr 2300’s and they filled the space perfectly. I think there is a perfect volume for each space and I have found that those speakers work well for most gallery situations.

Apr 30 2015 | 11:47 am

There’s a brand new build for Mac and Windows that’s 64-bit compatible
and tested on Max 7!

Download the cv.jit Starter Kit at

Leave a comment and let us know how it’s working for you!

Happy patching!

Viewing 3 posts - 1 through 3 (of 3 total)

Explore More

Subscribe to the Cycling ’74 Weekly Newsletter

Let us tell you about notable Max projects, obscure facts, and creative media artists of all kinds.

* indicates required