Talks and Events
Tue 20 Oct 2020

Artist Talk: Trevor Paglen (online)

16.00 BST (on Zoom)

Hear Trevor Paglen discuss his latest body of work in this new talk

In a complex body of work that encompasses sculpture, photography, drawings and digital practices like facial recognition technology and AI, Trevor Paglen interrogates the systems that underpin today’s society. This is a unique opportunity to hear the artist discuss Bloom and Octopus, two new bodies of work created in 2020 that explore how technology has impacted the way we see and are seen, particularly in a moment when movement is limited and our ability to participate in the world is mediated through screens. 

The conversation will be chaired by writer and curator Katrina Sluis.


Details on how to access the talk will be confirmed upon registration. Please check your junk folders if you haven't received an email from TPG staff confirming your place. 

Watch the Live Stream on Tue 20 Oct, 16.00 BST


Trevor Paglen is known for investigating the invisible through the visible, with a wide-reaching approach that spans image-making, sculpture, investigative journalism, writing, engineering and numerous other disciplines. The clandestine and the hidden are revealed in series such as The Black Sites, The Other Night Sky and Limit Telephotography in which the limits of vision are explored through the histories of landscape photography, abstraction, Romanticism and technology. Paglen’s investigation into the epistemology of representation can be seen in his Symbology and Code Names series which utilize text, video, object and image to explore questions surrounding military culture and language. Among his chief concerns are learning how to see the historical moment we live in and developing the means to imagine alternative futures.

Katrina Sluis is a writer and curator whose research addresses the politics and aesthetics of the photographic image in computational culture, its social circulation and cultural value. From 2011-2019 she was Senior Curator of Digital Programmes at The Photographers’ Gallery and founding Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image at London South Bank University. She is presently based in Canberra where she is Head of Photography & Media Arts and convenor of the Computational Culture Lab at the School of Art & Design, Australian National University. She is editor of the forthcoming book, The Networked Image in Post-Digital Culture and continues to work with The Photographers’ Gallery as Adjunct Research Curator.



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