Visibility machines : Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen

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  • "VISIBILITY MACHINES explores the unique roles Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen play as meticulous observers of the global military industrial complex. Investigating forms of surveillance, espionage, war-making, and weaponry, Farocki and Paglen 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 affecting civilian life, and places the oeuvres of Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen within the broader cultural and historical developments of the media they are creatively working with, namely photography, film, and new media."--Publisher description.


  • Published for exhibition of same name held at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, October 24, 2013-February 22, 2014 and two other venues.
  • Includes bibliographical references.


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