Trevor Paglen: art in the age of mass surveillance

untitledTrevor Paglen: art in the age of mass surveillance in The Guardian.

Trevor Paglen describes himself as a landscape artist, but he is no John Constable. The landscapes Paglen frames extend to the bottom of the ocean and beyond the blurred edges of the Earth’s atmosphere. For the last two decades, the artist, a cheerful and fervent man of 43, has been on a mission to photograph the unseen political geography of our times. His art tries to capture places that are not on any map – the secret air bases and offshore prisons from which the war on terror has been fought – as well as the networks of data collection and surveillance that now shape our democracies, the cables, spy satellites and artificial intelligences of the digital world.

 

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One Response to Trevor Paglen: art in the age of mass surveillance

  1. dmf says:

    always good to flesh/machine out what we tend to wax abstract about, not sure his work makes things easier to grasp for the public tho, would be good to test.

    https://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2017/11/todd-mei-exploring-an-economic-turn-in-phenomenology-land-as-hypokeimenon/

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