[rohrpost] Trevor Paglen's Blank Spots on the Map @ Paraflows 2008 -
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Son Sep 14 09:46:40 CEST 2008
"Blank Spots on the Map"
Paraflows 2008 @ Metalab
When: Monday, September 15 2008, 8:00 PM
Where: Metalab, Rathausstrasse 6, 1010 Vienna
Geographer and artist Trevor Paglen takes us on a road trip through
the world of hidden budgets, state secrets, covert military bases,
and disappeared people: through a landscape that military and
intelligence insiders call the "black world." Over the course of his
talk, Paglen leads us from "non-existent" Air Force and CIA
installations in the Nevada desert to secret prisons in Afghanistan
and to a collection of even more obscure "black sites" startlingly
close to home. Using hundreds of images he has produced and collected
over the course of his work, Paglen shows how the black world's
internal contradictions give rise to a peculiar visual, aesthetic,
and epistemological grammar with which to think about the contemporary moment.
Trevor Paglen is an artist, writer, and experimental geographer
working out of the Department of Geography at the University of
California, Berkeley. His work involves deliberately blurring the
lines between social science, contemporary art, and a host of even
more obscure disciplines to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously
researched ways to interpret the world around us.
Paglen has received grants and commissions from Rhizome.org, the LEF
Foundation, Artadia, and the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology.
In 2005, he was a Vectors Journal Fellow at the University of
Paglen's first book, Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA's
Rendition Flights (co-authored with AC Thompson; Melville House,
2006) was the first book to systematically describe the CIA's
"extraordinary rendition" program. His second book, I Could Tell You
But Then You Would Have to be Destroyed by Me (Melville House, 2007)
an examination of the visual culture of "black" military programs,
was published in November 2007. His third book, entitled Blank Spots
on a Map, will be published by Dutton/NAL/Penguin in February 2009.
Paglen holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley, an M.F.A. from the School of
the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Geography from UC Berkeley.
Paglen lives and works in Berkeley, CA.