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'The Other Night Sky', followed by skygazing in Central Park

Artist, writer, experimental geographer Trevor Paglen has been exposing the secret activities of the U.S. military and intelligence agencies over the last eight years in books and large-scale landscape photographs. These 'Other Night Sky' images reveal secret spy satellites and other covert military operations.

Date: Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Cinema, Weitz Center for Creativity; Central Park

Contact: Laurel Bradley, Art Gallery

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Paglen is interested in the camera and its capacity for truth-telling, and the uses of visual technologies for surveillance and secret control.

In the Other Night Sky photographs, Paglen uses the data of amateur satellite watchers to track and photograph classified spacecraft in Earth's orbit. The beauty of the resulting nocturnal landscape photographs rests uneasily on visual documents of surveillance culture.   

Paglen holds an MFA in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Ph.D in geography, University of California, Berkeley. His books include

Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA’s Rendition Flights (with AC Thompson), 2006; Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon’s Secret World, 2009, and Invisible, 2010.

 

www.paglen.com/ 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mApBa2qKVDM