TREVOR PAGLEN SHOW - Lunchtime Tour
Geographies of Seeing
11 OCTOBER 2012, 1-2pm
AN INTRODUCTION TO TREVOR PAGLEN’S THOUGHT-PROVOKING EXHIBITION WHERE SECRET WORLDS ARE REVEALED
Oliver Whitehead of the Brighton Photo Biennial programming team led an informal guided tour of the exhibition, Geographies of Seeing. This intimate introduction to Trevor Paglen’s work gave an insight into the concepts behind Paglen’s provocative images.
Geographies of Seeing drew together a collection of Trevor Paglen’s celebrated photographic work, which explores and documents hidden worlds. The exhibition focussed on two bodies of work, The Other Night Sky and Limit Telephotography.
The Other Night Sky used data from an international network of amateur satellite watchers to track and photograph classified spacecraft. Echoing the efforts of historic astronomers, Paglen documents astral movements that don’t officially exist.
In the series Limit Telephotography, Paglen adapted the super-strength telescopes normally used to shoot distant planets, to reveal top-secret U.S. governmental sites, sometimes 65 miles away from his camera; covert bases, so remote they cannot be seen by an unaided civilian eye from any point on Earth.
About the Artist
Trevor Paglen (born in 1974) is an American artist, geographer, and author, currently based in New York. He constructs unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched ways to see and interpret the world around us. He has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; The Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams; the 2008 Taipei Biennial; the Istanbul Biennial 2009, and numerous other places.
Paglen coined 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. His work has received widespread attention for both his technical innovations and for his conceptual rigour.
He is also author of three books including Torture Taxi (2006), 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), which is a look at top-secret military programmes, and Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon’s Secret World, which is a broader look at secrecy in the United States. Paglen is represented by Galerie Thomas Zander.
About Brighton Photo Biennial
Geographies of Seeing is part of Brighton Photo Biennial 2012. This year the Biennial brought a host of emerging and internationally acclaimed photographers and artists to the city. It was curated and produced by Photoworks, the UK’s leading visual arts agency for photography. It featured work by Edmund Clark, Omer Fast, Julian Germain, Jason Larkin, Corinne Silva, Thomson and Craighead and more.
Brighton Photo Biennial 2012 examined a wide range of photographic practices and will reflected on The Politics of Space. It looked at how space is constructed, controlled and contested, how photography is implicated in these processes, and the tensions and possibilities this dialogue involves. It provided a critical space to think about relationships between the political occupation of physical sites and the production and dissemination of images.
Responding to recent efforts to politically re-imagine urban space through social and civic uses, Brighton Photo Biennial 2012 presented photography and imagery generated by professional photographers and the public at large; grassroots activism and media spectacle; established names and recent finds; contemporary work and older photographic practices. At the core of the biennial is a concern with the possibilities of photography as both a tool and a process: a means of understanding the world, and an active force in shaping it.
Date: 11 October 2012
Booking: Free, all welcome, no need to book
Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington St, Brighton, BN1 4AJ
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