contribute to a more coherent understanding of an artist’s legacy

The panOpticon Information Management System enables provenance researchers to collect, analyze, document, and curate all known data around the artworks of an individual artist and make them useful for others to discover, retrieve, interpret, and reuse.

In addition, investigators are able to create primary, secondary, and supplementary metadata, as well as reports, commentaries, essays, and links to internal and external resources. Our system provides ample space to manage digital assets and research notes, while it automatically maintains timestamps and searchable revision histories.

The design challenge for panOpticon is not to simply control the self-organizing process, as some tools attempt to do, but to facilitate the emergence of higher-level outcomes e.g., more coherent understanding, accountability, access control, communication, and exchange of information.


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Above from left to right: Roy Lichtenstein drawing from the projection for the mural. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Photography by Michael Abramson, courtesy Gagosian Gallery; Roy Lichtenstein, Times Square-42nd Street, 2002 (Collage 1990, fabricated 1994). Porcelain enamel on wall of N, Q, R, S, W, 1, 2, 3 mezzanine; Susannah Shepherd of panOpticon (right) working with Andrea Theil, Director of the Roy Lichtenstein Catalogue Raisonné Project at the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, New York City. Photography © panOpticon.