Blank Spots on the Map: State Secrecy and the Limits of the Visible

Tonight’s Center for the Humanities talk promises to be a good one:

Geographer and artist Trevor Paglen takes us on a road trip through the world of hidden budgets, state secrets, on covert military bases, and more, guiding us through a landscape that military and intelligence insiders call the “black world.” Over the course of his talk, Paglen leads us from “nonexistent” Air Force and CIA installations in the Nevada desert to secret prisons in Afghanistan and to a collection of even more obscure “black sites” startlingly close to home. Using hundreds of images he has produced and collected over the course of his work, Paglen shows how the black world’s internal contradictions give rise to a peculiar visual, aesthetic, and epistemological grammar with which to think about the contemporary moment.

Paglen actually spoke at Eclectic last year, and it was really cool. So go!

Where: Russell House

When: 8:00 PM Tonight

Geographer and artist Trevor Paglen takes us on a road trip through the
world of hidden budgets, state secrets, on covert military bases, and
more, guiding us through a landscape that military and intelligence
insiders call the "black world." Over the course of his talk, Paglen leads
us from "nonexistent" Air Force and CIA installations in the Nevada desert
to secret prisons in Afghanistan and to a collection of even more obscure
"black sites" startlingly close to home. Using hundreds of images he has
produced and collected over the course of his work, Paglen shows how the
black world's internal contradictions give rise to a peculiar visual,
aesthetic, and epistemological grammar with which to think about the
Geographer and artist Trevor Paglen takes us on a road trip through the

world of hidden budgets, state secrets, on covert military bases, and

more, guiding us through a landscape that military and intelligence

insiders call the "black world." Over the course of his talk, Paglen leads

us from "nonexistent" Air Force and CIA installations in the Nevada desert

to secret prisons in Afghanistan and to a collection of even more obscure

"black sites" startlingly close to home. Using hundreds of images he has

produced and collected over the course of his work, Paglen shows how the

black world's internal contradictions give rise to a peculiar visual,

aesthetic, and epistemological grammar with which to think about the

contemporary moment.

 

contemporary moment.Geographer and artist Trevor Paglen takes us on a road trip through the world of hidden budgets, state secrets, on covert military bases, and more, guiding us through a landscape that military and intelligence insiders call the "black world." Over the course of his talk, Paglen leads us from "nonexistent" Air Force and CIA installations in the Nevada desert to secret prisons in Afghanistan and to a collection of even more obscure "black sites" startlingly close to home. Using hundreds of images he has produced and collected over the course of his work, Paglen shows how the black world's internal contradictions give rise to a peculiar visual, aesthetic, and epistemological grammar with which to think about the contemporary moment.

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