Trevor Paglen – Behold These Glorious Times!

09.11.2017 - 06.01.2018


Trevor Paglen: Behold These Glorious Times!
Opening: November 9, 2017, 8pm
Artist Talk: November 9, 2017, 8pm

The CCA is proud to present Trevor Paglen’s first exhibition in Israel. Paglen’s practice spans sending time capsules and satellites into outer space, providing footage for Citizenfour, the Oscar award-winning documentary about Edward Snowden, and creating a radioactive sculpture for the nuclear exclusion zone in Fukushima, Japan. The Guardian newspaper has called Paglen “one of the most conceptually adventurous political artists working today, and has collaborated with scientists and human rights activists on his always ambitious multimedia projects.”

Paglen’s recent research focuses on Artificial Intelligence and machine vision, i.e. how computers and other forms of technology can “see” and use visual data. On view at the CCA will be Paglen’s newest video installation, Behold These Glorious Times!, which brings together hundreds of thousands of training images routinely used to teach technological devices to recognize objects, faces, expressions, and actions. The multitude of images seems to collapse distinctions between humans, machines, and nature. The soundtrack was composed by electronic musician Holly Herndon using libraries of voices created to teach AI networks how to recognize speech and other acoustic phenomena.

Curator: Chen Tamir