PANOPTIKUM - Homage to Imagination

    -immerse your mind in the wonder of imagination
    Creative direction / Photography / Words: LARS BRANDT STISEN
    Hair & Make-Up: LEA NEHRING
    Handwritten Type: SUZANNE BRANDT
    Assistant / Extra and hand model: METTE BEATE
    Retouch / Post-production: LARS BRANDT STISEN
    Software design / Programming: LARS BRANDT STISEN
    Electronics / Engineering: LARS BRANDT STISEN
  • Dynamically generated wall projections at the push of a button — the exhibition setup.
  • Pressing the button will generate a new and unique room description every time.
  • The software generates thousands of unique scenes for your imagination to dwell upon...
  • The PANOPTIKUM software for download. Please visit the software page for further information at:
  • "Panoptikum" (Eng. Panopticon) is a point from which an entire scenario is visible at once — a "panoramic
    viewpoint". The PANOPTIKUM project is a homage to human imagination as ability, and part of a series of
    projects that I am doing on the subject.
  • Rehearsal with Malene wearing test make-up and hair. Below some of the photoshoot guidelines I did with
    reference photos from the rehearsal.
  • I made this light modifier from drinking straws to light the models face. It was fired form a distance of
    approx. 4 meters/13 feet to achieve the desired effect.
  • To sidelight the models chin and hair I made this contrast enhancing light modifier from cardboard tubes.
    It was fitted with flaps for mounting color filters.
  • Mounting rolls of colored paper for each of the 6 background colors.
  • Malene is getting make-up done for the first look.
  • We used real hair and dyed it in 6 colors to match the theme.
  • Hair and make-up artist Lea hard at work. Malene spent more than 8 hours in the make-up chair during
    the two-day shoot.
  • Image selection and editing.
  • My sister Suzanne working her skills in the art department. The handwritten font is Suzanne's own creation.
  • Tools and electronics for building the button-interface used to control the software.
  • The steel push-button gets its own 12 volt power supply for the LED back-light. The button is connected
    to the USB circuit board which in turn will be hooked up to the software.
  • I wrote two editions of the software, one for download and one for use at exhibitions together with the push-
    button interface and wall-projectors. In the top-right corner you see the icons I made for the downloadable
    version. Below you see the testing station for the exhibition setup.