In this talk, artist Trevor Paglen will present his projects dealing with images, infrastructure, vertical geographies, artificial intelligence, and the changing nature and politics of landscape.” Paglen was recently recognized as one of the 2017 MacArthur Foundation Fellows, also know as the "Genius" Grant for his work on documenting the hidden operations of covert government projects and examining the ways that human rights are threatened in an era of mass surveillance.

Paglen recently opened an exhibition in New York City featuring images created by computers that explore how machines see the world. “For the first time in history most of the images in the world are made by machines for other machines, and humans aren’t even in the loop,” says Paglen. “I think the automation of vision is a much bigger deal than the invention of perspective.”

Trevor Paglen is an artist whose work spans image-making, sculpture, investigative journalism, writing, engineering, and numerous other disciplines. Among his chief concerns are learning how to see the historical moment we live in and developing the means to imagine alternative futures.

Paglen’s work has had one-person exhibitions at Vienna Secession, Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, Van Abbe Museum, Frankfurter Kunstverein, and Protocinema Istanbul, and participated in group exhibitions the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Modern, and numerous other venues. He has launched an artwork into distant orbit around Earth in collaboration with Creative Time and MIT, contributed research and cinematography to the Academy Award-winning film Citizenfour, and created a radioactive public sculpture for the exclusion zone in Fukushima, Japan. He is the author of five books and numerous articles on subjects including experimental geography, state secrecy, military symbology, photography and visuality.

Paglen’s work has been profiled in the New York Times, Vice Magazine, The New Yorker, and Art Forum. In 2014, he received the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award for his work as a “groundbreaking investigative artist” and in 2015, he was the recipient of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie’s Kulturpreis. In 2016, he received the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize.

Paglen holds a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Geography from U.C. Berkeley. 

This event is sponsored by the Pomona College Media Studies and Art Departments with the generous support of the Paul F. Eckstein (’62) and Florence O. Eckstein Media Studies Endowment. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
4:15 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Pomona College
  • Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center
  • 170 E. Sixth Street
Pomona Faculty and Staff
Pomona Families