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The Panoptic Universe Conceived by Visual Images in Abluka


This study argues that the universe created in Emin Alper’s Abluka (Frenzy, 2015) is panoptic, and this argument is supported by scenes selected from the film using compositional interpretation. Central to the study is the fictional world gaze in Abluka, conceived according to the concept of panoptic surveillance, which Michel Foucault adopted from Jeremy Bentham and theorized into the academic discipline. The cinematic elements that shape this point of view are analyzed in terms of image. The significance of compositional interpretation in considering cinema as a moving image is emphasized, as are the visual, auditory, cultural, aesthetic, and political aspects of cinema.

Keywords: Panoptic surveillance, compositional interpretation, image, gaze, film.