Working out of the Department of Geography at UC Berkeley, Trevor Paglen is an artist, writer, and self-described amateur anthropologist, who researches secret geography and government Black Ops – highly classified US government-funded programs. His books include Torture Taxi, the first book to detail the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program, and I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have To Be Destroyed By Me, a collection of the coded and often outlandish insignia of government Black Ops divisions. His third book, Blank Spots on a Map, will be released by Dutton/Penguin in February. Paglen’s work has gotten in-depth coverage in the New York Times and the Colbert Report.
Using hundreds of images he has produced and collected over the course of his work, Paglen’s talk will show how the Black Ops world’s internal contradictions give rise to a peculiar visual, aesthetic, and epistemological grammar with which to think about the contemporary moment.
(Ed. note: Among other incredible projects, Paglen takes photos of restricted government areas with astronomical equipment. I’m not sure why he hasn’t been arrested yet, but I’m psyched.)
Date: Thursday, December 4
Place: Eclectic, 200 High St
Admission is FREE.
Also: FREE FOOD. (hint: beef patties!!)