Watching the Watchers
Friday, October 07, 2011
Paglen’s art begins with rigorous research online, combing through government documents, sorting through data sets, talking to other hobbyists online. Although he’s interested in the satellites for political reasons (he has concerns about government secrecy), he says as an artist, it’s about understanding the world above him: “How do we come to terms with a landscape that has been constructed in such a way to be invisible to us?”
Reporter Lisa Katayama caught up with Paglen on the roof of his loft in West Oakland.
(Originally aired: December 17, 2010)
Slideshow: Trevor Paglen’s Photographs