Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Trevor Paglen's NSA Photographs

While looking over the List of Artists for the ART230 library research project, I was inspired to have a glance back at Trevor Paglen's work in relation to our discussion in ART230 today around the un-representable.  You may find interest in this particular project, commissioned by Creative Time (all images have been made available to the public as high-res files for any use whatsoever).  Click HERE to read the article and view the images.

About this work, Paglen states:
A surveillance apparatus doesn’t really “look” like anything. A satellite built by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) reveals nothing of its function except to the best-trained eyes. The NSA’s pervasive domestic effort to collect telephone metadata also lacks easy visual representation; in the Snowden archive, it appears as a four-page classified order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

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