Visibility Machines explores the unique roles Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen play as meticulous observers of the global military industrial complex. Investigating forms of military surveillance, espionage, war-making, and weaponry, each examine the deceptive and clandestine ways in which military projects have deeply transformed, and politicized, our relationship to images and the realities they seem to represent. The exhibition initiates critical questions about the crucial part images play in revealing essential but largely concealed information, and places the oeuvres of Farocki and Paglen within the broader cultural and historical developments of the media they are creatively working with, namely photography, film, and new media.
Visibility Machines: Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen is curated by Niels Van Tomme and organized by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, UMBC. Funding support for the project comes from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and the Goethe-Institut Washington.
Image: Trevor Paglen, Detachment 3, Air Force Flight Test Center #2; Groom Lake, NV; Distance ~ 26 miles, 2008, C-print, 40 x 50 in., Courtesy of Metro Pictures, Altman Siegel Gallery, and Galerie Thomas Zander.
On view January 22 – April 10, 2016.
The Gund Gallery exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.