Trevor Paglen

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Date/Time: 19/11/2008 12:00 am

Paglen, Trevor
Born 1974, USA
Lives in Berkeley, California
Trevor Paglen’s work is an exhibit unto itself, a collection of sew-on military badges depicting sinister symbols ranging from the mysterious to the overtly aggressive. The badges belong to the complex universe of secret visual codes, a subculture powered by the Pentagon’s classified “black budget” that delivers billions of dollars each year to stealth armies of high-tech warriors. Paglen’s work is a thorough investigation of the branding of democracy addressed to a different target group.
The installation for Ours also features texts by some of the designers of the badges as well as by Paglen himself that help decode the symbols and writing on the badges.
Wednesday, November 19
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery
Charrette with Trevor Paglen and Parsons class: time TBA
Presentation with Peter Merlin: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Both events open to the public
In this charrette, students in fashion design investigate the role that visual literacy plays in maintaining and decoding collective identity, looking specifically at visual codes and brand reinforcement in fashion and in the military complex. One of the focal points of their assignment is the transition from outsider to insider such as when a consumer morphs from oblivious ignorant person to a member of a “knowing” subculture and becomes a fashion cognoscenti. Base fabric and other materials available.
The presentation in the evening features a conversation between Trevor Paglen, Shelley Fox, and Peter Merlin, an aerospace historian and collector of military patches, who has worked amongst other places at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.
This charrette is hosted by Parsons faculty member Shelley Fox.
General Information:
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons The New School for Design, 66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street, New York
Gallery hours: M-F, 10 AM-8 PM; S-S, Noon-6 PM
Admission: Free
Info: Please contact 212.229.8919 or visit www.parsons.newschool.edu/events.

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