Visibility Machines

October 24, 2013 – February 22, 2014

Visiting Curator: Niels Van Tomme


“Visibility Machines” explores the unique roles Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen play as meticulous observers of the global military industrial complex. Investigating forms of military surveillance, espionage, war-making, and weaponry, Farocki and Paglen each examine the deceptive and clandestine ways in which military projects have deeply transformed, and politicized, our relationship to images and the realities they seem to represent. The exhibition initiates critical questions about the crucial part images play in revealing essential but largely concealed information, and places the oeuvres of Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen within the broader cultural and historical developments of the media they are creatively working with, namely photography, film, and new media.


On Thursday, November 14, 2013, The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences co-presented a DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) exploring the topic of drones. This special event is organized in conjunction with the exhibition “Visibility Machines: Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen,” on view at the CADVC Oct. 24, 2013 through Feb. 22, 2014.

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Video courtesy Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences. This event took place Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W., Room 100, Washington, DC.

VISIBILITY MACHINES: HARUN FAROCKI AND TREVOR PAGLEN is curated by Niels Van Tomme and organized by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture at UMBC.