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mono.kultur #44: Trevor Paglen

TREVOR PAGLEN: THE EDGE OF TOMORROW“The reality is always more complicated.”
mono.kultur #44 / Autumn 2017
English / 15 x 20 cm / 24 Pages & 6 4-Page Inserts in Static Shielding Bag
Interview by Nick Houde / Works by Trevor Paglen / Design by mono.studioIssue #44 of mono.kultur might just be our most adventurous yet: traveling from the deserts of New Mexico to the exclusion zone in Fukushima, from satellite orbits in space to the inner realms of Artificial Intelligence, our conversation with American artist Trevor Paglen is as expansive as his work is ambitious.Best known for his series on clandestine military bases and spy satellites, Trevor Paglen’s practice reaches far beyond museum walls. Instead, it encompasses a variety of disciplines from image-making and installations to investigative journalism, writing, engineering, geography and sound design. Along the way, Paglen challenges our traditional notions of fine art: He has published a number of books on the functioning of the US intelligence services, installed a series of Autonomy Cubes in galleries across the world that allow you access to the entirely anonymous Tor network, and is currently working on his own satellite to be launched into space in summer 2018.Holding degrees in comparative religion, music composition, fine arts, and geography, Trevor Paglen is undoubtedly concerned with the larger questions in life. In pieces that are statements as much as they are questions, his work exposes the invisible mechanisms of our modern existence, exploring the human condition in the context of the political, social, military, and economic systems our societies operate on.In a sweeping conversation with mono.kultur, Trevor Paglen talked about the volatility of truth, the dilemmas of the Anthropocene, and why Artificial Intelligence will not outlast humanity.True to its precious content, the issue comes in a Static Shielding Bag normally used for sensitive electronic products. In loose reference to computer

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