Where’s the sand? I mean, that was my experience of doing the Training Humans show. I think some of my earliest projects in the 1990s were looking at prisons in California, like where are the prisons? You know, because basically they just took a form of the dictionary and translated that into categories and then have Amazon tech workers put images in them, so they would have categories like a cheerleader or scuba driver, and these are things that we may or may not think are particularly controversial, but there's definitely ones that would be like ‘bad person,’ you know, ‘alcoholic,’ ‘kleptomaniac.’ And so what I did was take all of those ‘people categories’ and said, ‘okay, let's train a model on all of these categories of people,’ and then just build an application where it'll tell you who you are according to an image model trained on these. How are you doing, Kate? And who gets to decide what images mean and who gets to hardwire those into technical systems? In the beginning you're very much involved in finding your voice and locating yourself artistically. TP: Yeah, that’s absolutely true. The year was going crazy and then it just got all turned off. And it's just been really lovely to see you, friends. Well, I think we've gone over our allotted amount of time, and I think that that's a great place to end the conversation. KC: It sounds like a perfect Covid-19 project, Trevor. Okay, take care everyone. How do you see that playing out? KC: So, I couldn't have been more excited to be working with the people that I'm working with. I think that would be a really great start. But at least there's not this like "oh, ha-ha," like “so-and-so screwed something up” or this or that. Bye-bye. As somebody who grew up in Australia, I'm used to having universal healthcare. But yeah, northern Italy, it's really messed up. Friends of mine that own businesses look at my studio’s budgets and they’re like, “Your R&D costs are so out of control!” Anybody would look at this and think you’re crazy when you’re doing that. TP: Yeah. From now on, you must be this example.’”, “I just want to do everything as good as I possibly can but it is also good to act on an idea and fail — and then you get something out of it. It is dangerous, but it is also sublime.”, “It’s important to say no – especially earlier in your career – because life is short and you want to be proud of things that you have done, not ashamed of them.”, “There is a thing called discipline. TP: I definitely have plenty of stuff to do here. And you're seeing the rising sense of desperation on the streets and it's intense. You know, if any of us had backyards in New York, we could totally do that. I let the life come to the picture and the creativity flow.”, “I am tireless, I’m relatively fearless. I've been thinking about that in relation to all these Zoom calls and Hangouts and all these technical systems that we're using right now to communicate with each other. How do we show up for each other? Failure kind of comes in all sorts of ways, and teaches you all sorts of things. So, it'd be like ‘cheerleader.’ And then a bunch of pictures of a cheerleader or like ‘Boy Scout’ and we look at some Boy Scout uniforms and what have you. I mean, people like Margaret Mead were deeply critical of it. What is that encroachment, as well? Everybody is impacted. Share episode. And I think Ekman was making photographs and then he was showing the photographs...he'd go to Papua New Guinea, and say ‘here's a picture of somebody making a face, what is that face?’ And so that's part of the method that he used to try to get this theory of universal emotions, right? And just really dramatically, too, you know? Place of birth: Maryland, United States. Photo copyright Don Usner. This website uses cookies to offer you a better browsing experience. The interdisciplinary practice of Trevor Paglen brings us ever-closer to this question’s elusive answer. You didn’t do anything. Universities in some ways feel as though they are somehow more removed from the engines of capital and from this sort of complete precarity that we're seeing in, say, the service industries and the travel industries. So it makes it difficult but it makes it possible to keep going.”, “I think you have to slow down a little bit. We have that on this kind of stateside and just horrifying politics side, but also in terms of just the everyday tools that we use. It's going to look like almost a cross between a hangar bay or something like that, or like an aircraft hangar, but then with these really bizarre and—I sheepishly say—quite beautiful objects. I've worked for many, many years so I'm really enjoying that my hard work has paid off… I think you should know your worth!”, “Having come out as a gay man and the self-confidence that gives you is huge! So, my book really is trying to do that at a large scale and it’s looking at how this pertains across the entire understanding of AI as a system that is extractive. I like independence. Trevor: Well, if there's anything hopeful about that, maybe it is the reevaluation of social safety nets. I think if you're looking at it from an art perspective, you're looking at these images from that, you actually look at them. And I wonder if all of us sitting here at home and trying to work as remotely as possible are subjecting ourselves to those forms of power to a far greater extent than we might realize on one hand, and on the other hand, helping to create a situation in which those systems could expand greatly. So you need to contribute to this conversation, you need to contribute your chapter in that book. You have to respect people, be a good person. And these are kind of what other ones look like. The rest is doing experiments and testing and not giving up. By Megan Williams 14/09/2020. Inspirational Conversations. In a way, every project fails every day until it succeeds! Art is about finding creativity in the normal gutter next to you. How are you dealing with that? And it has to be a profound moment for critiquing capital. It's like the process—like shooting with an 8x10 camera, taking that film, digitizing the film, running it through these computer vision systems, and then going back to a film output, and then making these contact prints using, you know, egg whites and silver nitrate and stuff like that. There's a Google doc now that a series of academics is putting together, showing all the universities that are going through hiring freezes. It was going to be all the full-sized models of the different kinds of satellites that we built over the years and we were supposed to go and install it, and I was like, ‘you know what, probably this feels sketchy.’ And then ‘no, it's okay, it's okay.’ And then, you know, a week later, it's like, ‘no, no way.’ And the space there, OGR, has actually recently been repurposed as a hospital. So, ImageNet Roulette was a project that...it needs a bit of a background to explain. You and I gave a talk, I think, in New Zealand last year or two years ago, and it was all about different monsters in AI. Certainly, my classes in Georgia all kind of went online, but that doesn't really work, you know? And these are the people who now have access to the highest levels of government to think about how our devices are going to be tracking us. KC: You're kidding. It's like a different city, but that's across the board. I feel that I’ve made what I would call mistakes. There are spaces where you can try new things and there are different forms of care that can emerge from times like these if we want to be optimistic. Werkschau 20. And I think across the board there are so many areas where this is the moment for a deep political reassessment. And there was a section about the rise of basically far right culture within tech companies. So you just keep going while you can, doing what you like.”, “I really lacked confidence at the very beginning. DOB: 1974. You know, I was going to have a big show open in Turin, I think last month. It would be a shame to waste our snippet of time on this planet being afraid.”, “To be an artist, you must start with a considerable drive; in my case it was a fierce madness, a wildness. And I think on the other hand the corollary is like, what are the norms that are used in universities and research environments to make these kinds of datasets, and just how quickly the creation of any kind of data set can go in really, really horrible directions unless people are really looking at what's being put in there. To see the potential in something where there is no potential is often where art or creativity is a great tool. I'm in Greenwich Village right now and it's completely silent apart from the occasional ambulance siren. TP: I think that's what I like about doing this stuff in the art context. KC: That's right. And the motion studies kind of set off a history of technology and a history of technologically enhanced vision that I think you can make the argument goes up until the present in things like computer vision, AI, what have you. KC: Yeah. It doesn’t make an argument in the way that a journal in a scientific publication makes. Hear Trevor Paglen discuss his latest body of work in this new talk. A lot of them won't make it to the finish line and the only reason they make it is because I go back and nurture them and try to figure everything out.”, “Making something or creating something is about looking and exploring the potential, and I want to do that right up until the day of the performance. KC: Tell us a little bit about the shows that you had coming up that are now maybe not happening. They turned that into a hospital and just basically every show has been either delayed or canceled. More so than with commercialization, long term implications are something that spark a lot of panic where government surveillance is concerned — like, will something I said to someone via text message 10 years ago one day be used against me? We can see you all. You know, a lot of friends of mine who are freelancers are artists, and Germany set up a relief program and within twenty-four hours people were getting checks, and here, I've been going out and just photographing and trying to get out of the house a little bit here. Artist talk with Trevor Paglen and Jacob Appelbaum: October 21, 7pm Opening: October 22, 7pm Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art Katharinenstraße 23 D-26121 Oldenburg Germany www.edith-russ-haus.de Twitter / Facebook. But, in actual fact, they're profoundly exposed to market collapse and also rely on foreign students. It's just that overnight everybody is losing their jobs in a lot of cases, because nobody knows when projects are going to start coming up again or whether there's going to be income. In actual fact, this virus is absolutely hitting black and brown and low-income communities so much harder and it hasn't even yet really taken off in Africa and India yet. That’s why I moved a lot of my studio to Berlin as well. We all see those glimpses of different kinds of maybe...solidarities that are emerging or different forms of care that are able to happen in times of crisis, because things kind of get thrown up in the air and people have to invent new rules or new ways of living together. Trevor Paglen can be described as one of the most important representatives of landscape images in the age of Big Data. You were talking about these photographs Ekman would make and show to people around the world. I chose to do things that I embrace, that I feel passionate about for whatever reason and I create my freedom around that.”, “I work till the breath goes out of me, and that might be at one or two or even four or five (in the afternoon). And she's asking “What does an ethics of care look like in a moment like this?” How do we care for each other? And I wonder. It's very alchemical and very material. And it is one of these extraordinary things that can happen in times of crises, and someone like Rebecca Solnit talks about this a lot. Trevor Paglen on AI, surveillance and art. This is it. Frankfurter Kunstverein Steinernes Haus am Römerberg Markt 44 60311 Frankfurt am Main. So now we have to make up new activities to fulfill those emotional needs. So, doing things like albumen prints and carbon prints and using these really old, classical styles. At first I was quite intimidated! You have to show up at the window every day and show that you're healthy, and it was crazy to see the resonance between that and today. But surely your pieces about the invisible surveillance tactics used by the government have made a noticeable impact on people’s perception of it. I think it was an interesting way of doing exactly that excavation of a technical system. So, really that's what that project was, a way to just try to call that out. And his first attempt at doing this was a complete failure, but he kept developing it. Wednesday March 19, 2014 Santa Fe, New Mexico Learn more about this event here. Everybody I know who's in the art/artist side of things or on the gallery side of things, everybody's kind of screwed and nobody knows what's going to happen. It was in this giant, hangar-sized place. April 15, 2020 The Talks. No, I mean, when I look at the Snowden era stuff and the work I was doing for the film Citizenfour, I think what was most shocking to me was the sense of impunity, the sense of the American military really believing they could do whatever they want to whoever they want in the world and doing exactly that. How do they live in the landscape? It is something that you do – you can't not do it. And then we found out that it gets really gnarly really quickly. And you're just seeing that more and more, like every time I go to San Francisco I see it more and more. It’s hard to hear “no” all the time. My films did better over time.”, “Being creative and keeping your brain occupied is very sensible because if you don’t you die, slowly. In New York you can actually see the skyline. Obviously I’m not perfect but the thing I am best at is painting.”, “I think an ambition as a performer, and maybe even in life, is to become less afraid. I’m okay. But you’re always trying to hit it into the rafters, and damn the consequences if you don’t make it.”, “At what point do you feel you’ve achieved it and you can move on? 1974, Camp Springs, MD) 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. Trevor Paglen, author of a new CTR op-ed on the U.S. "terror state," will be speaking in a Triple Canopy talk with documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras and Tor Project developer Jacob Appelbaum on the future of surveillance and how you can reclaim your anonymity at 1PM this Sunday, June 30, at MoMA PS1. I wanted to do nothing less than that. Kate Crawford: Hello, Trevor. TP: Absolutely. The excitement is like, “Oh wow,” you’re seeing a thing and you’re maybe the first person who’s ever seen this thing before. But at the same time, it’s really a good thing finding this treasure because I’ve already mortgaged it, I’ve already sold the treasure in order to pay to put yourself in that position to see it. Thurs | 6:15PM How does technology learn to see the world? And I use that stamina now as an actress because it’s normally quite uncomfortable to make films.”, “I never have been into trends. But for me, if ever one of those things burnt out, I would have moved to another one. That was jaw dropping. But do you want to talk a little bit about ImageNet Roulette and what the motivation was behind that project? And if you're listening right now, you could look it up on the internet, you'll be able to see a big visualization and an essay. But everything you do is a part of you. We're all on our like, astronaut international space station communication platforms here. Of course , here in New York we're just six weeks behind them. National Tour. What are the things that this moment is forcing us to urgently reassess and really underlining how serious it is? Women were being classified very differently to men. One of the things that I'm doing with that body of work is going back and a lot of them I'm printing as in 19th-century styles. 271 Trevor Paglen, CLOUDS, 2019, Farbsublimationsdrucke, Maße variable, Courtesy: der Künstler und Pace Gallery, Foto: Philipp Ottendörfer Bd. It doesn’t teach you anything. KC: And I couldn't agree more. I also think it's incredibly dangerous that we're assuming that people under enormous stress and duress are somehow able to be doing six hours of Zoom calls a day, which is personally what I'm doing now and it's driving me crazy. TP: Yeah, one second, here, one second...Well these aren't works from the show. TP: Aww, beautiful! And I'm delighted to be having this conversation with my friend and collaborator, Trevor Paglen. KC: Yeah. 8:41 am. And Vladan and I went through the places where these things were actually being constructed, from mining, through smelting, through container shipping. But the imperfections are there because we’re all humans, and this is what makes us interesting.”, “I learned by doing. I have to be open and I have to be open to the possibilities.”, “If you’re doing one thing, you can burn yourself out. A thing that's really on my mind is what's happening in the art world. (Laughs) It’s really a combination of excitement and relief. And it doesn’t matter if somebody’s going to pay me or pat me on the back for it. And fourteen million images are organized in 22,000 categories. So, trying to think about: Can you locate something like artificial intelligence or computer vision within a history of photography that would begin with figures like Timothy O'Sullivan doing survey photographs from the Department of War in the 19th century, and then moving through someone like Muybridge, who starts as a landscape photographer, also working for the Department of War, photographing the Indian Wars, and then, of course, doing the famous motion studies? It feels like a couple of weeks ago we were in Paris doing our big show about facial recognition and its history. There is so much research that goes into projects like that one, or even your series of photographs exploring the world’s hidden surveillance sites. Opening: October 16, 2019. Trevor Paglen’s work investigates the ongoing interaction between contemporary life and surveillance. And then of course at seven o'clock we all go outside, and we cheer and scream and bash on pots and pans to say thank you to all of the care workers who are doing the really hard jobs right now. I'm pasting a little comment in here so everybody will know the name of this conversation. And those are really different things, right? And you get something from it. TP: I'm not going to lie, it's really stressful. I mean, there's so much of that happening in New York right now, but also around the world. And I think one of the things that is certainly on my mind, and I think on a lot of artists’ minds, is related to that question—how many things that we think we understand the meaning of are just changing overnight? KC: Yeah, that's right. Right now, across the world air quality has just gone way up and particulates have gone way down. I mean, the things that support the practice of going to work every day are all these other systems that we rely on, from schools to childcare to extended friend networks to being able to get our food and to being able to cook for others that we care for. If you take on anything, you try to do it your best.”, “I think you know when you’re playing it safe, when you’re stagnating, and when you’re growing. He's someone who's never done technology, but now he's getting interested in these technology sectors and these kind of basically fascist ideologies within technology companies as well. Working between here and Germany, the difference is dramatic. I was born like that, in fact, if I see too much of something, I change it. And take care, Trevor, I hope you're doing okay there, and I hope you can find a way to make those albumen prints, have a home project, and set up your own dark room. 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