Yaara Bou Melhem / United States, Australia / 2021 / 98 min
American artist Trevor Paglen uses the most advanced technology to map surveillance, data flows and the state’s monitoring of our lives. Now he is about to launch the most ambitious project of his career.
Big data, Big Brother. With his dual background as a photographer and geographer, American artist Trevor Paglen has expanded the boundaries of the field between contemporary art and research, in a tireless mapping of how technology and surveillance affect us. With his almost psychedelic data visualisations, he turns technology against itself, always with intensely political consequences. And now he is in the midst of launching his most ambitious project yet: sending a satellite into orbit from the Nevada desert. ‘Unseen Skies’ invites us on a field trip with an artist so far ahead of his own time that he can see right through it.