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Philosophy and Art: Trevor Paglen

National Security Agency Utah Data Center, Bluffdale, UT, 2012.

Image linked from Metro Pictures

Library Resources


The Last Pictures
     by Trevor Paglen

ART N6537.P22 A4 2012

Trevor Paglen has developed a collection of one hundred images that will be etched onto an ultra-archival, golden silicon disc. The disc, commissioned by Creative Time, will then be sent into orbit onboard the Echostar XVI satellite in September 2012, as both a time capsule and a message to the future.

Experimental Geography : Radical Approaches to Landscape, Cartography, and Urbanism

ART N8217.G437 T46 2008

"The manifestations of 'experimental geography' (a term coined by geographer Trevor Paglen in 2002) run the gamut of contemporary art practice today: sewn cloth cities that spill out of suitcases, bus tours through water treatment centers, performers climbing up the sides of buildings, and sound works capturing the buzz of electric waves on the power grid. In the hands of contemporary artists, the study of humanity's engagement with the earth's surface becomes a riddle best solved in experimental fashion." -- Publisher's description

Trevor Paglen: A Compendium of Secrets

N6537.P245 A4 2010  at Bates  [Click here to request this book]

The exhibition A Compendium of Secrets is a collection of images and photographs depicting secret military and intelligence programs undertaken by the United States government. [Link to the complete description of the exhibition on the website of Galerie Thomas Zander]

Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon's Secret World, by Trevor Paglen

UA26.A2 P2716 2009 at UMaine Orono

    Request through MaineCat

Geographer-artist Trevor Paglen's research into areas that officially "don't exist" leads him on a globe-trotting adventure into a vast, undemocratic, and uncontrolled black empire--the unmarked spots on a map where our military conducts its most clandestine operations.


On the Web

Spooks and Aliens: Trevor Paglen Surveils the Surveillance State



Use EBSCO to combine searches of several databases:

  • Academic Search Premier,
  • ArtSource, and
  • Humanities International.

(If you're not sure how to do this, I'd be happy to show you.)  A few articles are linked below.

"Open Secret."  By: Lee, Pamela M.. Artforum International, May 2011, Vol. 49 Issue 9, p220-229

"Prying Eyes."  By: Weiner, Jonah. New Yorker. 10/22/2012, Vol. 88 Issue 33, p54-61

"Signs of the Sky, Signs of the Times: Photography as Double Agent."   By: Beck, John. Theory, Culture & Society. Dec2011, Vol. 28 Issue 7/8, p123-139

"Foresight, Hindsight and State Secrecy in the American West: The Geopolitical Aesthetics of Trevor Paglen By: Gustafsson, Henrik. Journal of Visual Culture. Apr2013, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p148-164

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