Trevor Paglen

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Trevor Paglen
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Born 1974
Alma mater
Awards 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant

Trevor Paglen (born 1974) is an American artist, geographer, and author whose work tackles mass surveillance and data collection.[1][2]

Sean O'Hagan, writing in The Guardian, said that Paglen, whose "ongoing grand project [is] the murky world of global state surveillance and the ethics of drone warfare", "is one of the most conceptually adventurous political artists working today, and has collaborated with scientists and human rights activists on his always ambitious multimedia projects."[2]

In 2016, he won the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize[3] and he has also won The Cultural Award from the German Society for Photography.[4] In 2017, he was a recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant and is nominated for the 8th Artes Mundi award.

Life and work[edit]

Paglen earned a B.A. in 1998 from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2002 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in geography in 2008 from the University of California at Berkeley [5] , where he currently works as a researcher. While at UC Berkeley, Paglen lived in the Berkeley Student Cooperative, residing in Chateau, Rochdale, Fenwick, and Convent co-ops.

Paglen has published a number of books. Torture Taxi (2006), (co-authored with investigative journalist Adam Clay Thompson) was the first book to comprehensively describe the CIA's extraordinary rendition program. I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to be Destroyed by Me (2007), is a look at the world of black projects through unit patches and memorabilia created for top-secret programs.[6] Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon's Secret World (2009) is a broader look at secrecy in the United States.[7] The Last Pictures (2012) is a collection of 100 images to be placed on permanent media and launched into space on EchoStar XVI, as a repository available for future civilizations (alien or human) to find.[8]

Sean O'Hagan, writing in The Guardian, said that Paglen, whose "ongoing grand project [is] the murky world of global state surveillance and the ethics of drone warfare", "is one of the most conceptually adventurous political artists working today, and has collaborated with scientists and human rights activists on his always ambitious multimedia projects."[2] His visual work such as his "Limit Telephotography" and "The Other Night Sky" series have received widespread attention for both his technical innovations and for his conceptual project that involves simultaneously making and negating documentary-style truth-claims.[9]

He was an Eyebeam Commissioned Artist in 2007.

Paglen is featured in the nerd culture documentary Traceroute.

Publications[edit]

Publications by Paglen[edit]

Publications paired with others[edit]

Publications with contributions by Paglen[edit]

  • Experimental Geography - Radical Approaches to Landscape, Cartography, and Urbanism. Brooklyn, NY: Melville House, 2009. ISBN 978-0091636586. Edited by Nato Thompson. With essays by Paglen, Thompson, and Jeffrey Kastner.
  • Trevor Paglen and Jacob Appelbaum - Autonomy Cube. Revolver, 2016. ISBN 978-3957633026. Essays by Luke Skrebowski and Keller Easterling on Autonomy Cube, a piece of sculpture by Paglen and Jacob Appelbaum. In English and German.

Exhibitions (selected)[edit]

Paglen has shown photography and other visual works.

Experimental Geography[edit]

Paglen is credited with coining the term "Experimental Geography" to describe practices coupling experimental cultural production and art-making with ideas from critical human geography about the production of space, materialism, and praxis. The 2009 book Experimental Geography: Radical Approaches to Landscape, Cartography, and Urbanism is largely inspired by Paglen's work.[22]

Awards[edit]

Collections[edit]

Paglen's work is held in the following public collections:

Works[edit]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gamerman, Ellen (12 September 2013). "The Fine Art of Spying". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d O'Hagan, Sean (5 November 2015). "Deutsche Börse photography prize shortlist: drones v the women of Tahrir". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Violet Bramley, Ellie (5 November 2015). "Trevor Paglen's drone photography wins 2016 Deutsche Börse prize". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "The Cultural Award of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (DGPh)". Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie e.V.. Accessed 7 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Trevor Paglen". MacArthur Foundation. 
  6. ^ Logos offer a guide to secret military programs, International Herald Tribune, April 2, 2008.
  7. ^ Paglen, Trevor "Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon's Secret World" New York: Dutton, 2009
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ Keenan, Tom. "Disappearances: The Photographs of Trevor Paglen" Aperture, No. 191. Summer 2008
  10. ^ Trevor Paglen show at Bellwether Gallery in 2006
  11. ^ "Still Revolution: Suspended in Time". Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. 28 April 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  12. ^ Trevor Paglen show at Lighthouse in 2012
  13. ^ http://www.bpb.org.uk/2012/whats_on/trevor-paglen/
  14. ^ https://www.wired.com/2012/10/trevor-paglen-at-lighthouse-in-brighton/
  15. ^ O'Hagan, Sean (16 August 2012). "Political, provocative, personal: photography to look forward to". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  16. ^ http://www.altmansiegel.com/exhibitions/trevor-paglen-3/
  17. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/mar/13/trevor-paglen-art-review-nsa-surveillance-systems
  18. ^ http://www.edith-russ-haus.de/no_cache/en/exhibitions/exhibitions/archive.html?tx_kdvzerhapplications_pi4[exhibition]=198&tx_kdvzerhapplications_pi4[action]=show&tx_kdvzerhapplications_pi4[controller]=Exhibition
  19. ^ https://www.wired.com/2016/04/sculpture-lets-museums-amplify-tors-anonymity-network/
  20. ^ http://www.dirosaart.org/radical-landscapes/
  21. ^ http://www.metropictures.com/exhibitions/trevor-paglen4
  22. ^ Nato Thompson interview in The Nation
  23. ^ "EFF Pioneer Awards 2014". 
  24. ^ "Meet the 2017 MacArthur Fellows". MacArthur Foundation. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  25. ^ http://www.columbusmuseum.org/embark-collection/pages/Art31337/?sid=3847&x=8611789
  26. ^ http://artdaily.com/news/73989/Columbus-Museum-of-Art-acquires-Andy-Warhol-and-Trevor-Paglen-works-of-art#.VzQyUHqKDfY
  27. ^ https://www.sfmoma.org/artist/Trevor_Paglen

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