Thursday, October 24, 2013


Have you ever fantasized that millions, nay thousands, nay hundreds of people are watching you?  Then you might like the work of artist Trevor Paglen like I do.  Paglen uses surveillance technology and 'state secrecy' as an artistic medium (you know, like paint and stuff).

Unfortunately, I'm in NYC this week and will miss tonight's opening of "Visibility Machines" at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).  "Visibility Machines" explores the work of Paglen and filmmaker Harun Farocki, whose work also interrogates the military industrial complex (a big source of jobs for the State of Mary-Land and a steady stream of income for the university).  Thankfully, "Visibility Machines" will be on view until February 22.

In homage to Paglen, I turned down the lights and turned up the "spook" factor to snap a quick "Boners for Books" pic for the elusively named BSD operative "MA in LA", who sent me a copy of Invisible: Covert Operations and Classified Landscapes, a survey of Paglen's conspicuous oeuvre.

MA.  LA.  "Mala" translates to "bad" in Spanish.  It's also the first name of one of my favorite Spanish musicians.

What exactly are you trying to tell me MA-in-LA???  :-)

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