Trevor Paglen in conversation

12 June 2014

Industry news, Meeting

American artist Trevor Paglen comes together at the Science Museum's Dana Centre on 19 June with Ossian Ward to discuss his new Art on the Underground commission for Gloucester Road station in the context of his broader practice.

An English Landscape (American Surveillance Base near Harrogate, Yorkshire), is a large, panoramic photograph installed across the length of a disused station platform at Gloucester Road Tube station. The installation is evocative of a long history of art made in response to the British landscape. The artwork seeks to give the impression of looking through the platform’s brick arches onto a bucolic English landscape. Specifically, this is the North Yorkshire countryside around Menwith Hill. In the middle of the scene there is a cluster of white, geodesic dome structures used by the United States in communications and intelligence gathering operations.

Paglen's photographic work explores ways of seeing and interpreting the world around us, and An English Landscape is the latest in a series of work that seeks to expand the visual vocabulary we use to “see” the phenomena of global surveillance, most recently with night-time pictures of National Security Agency (NSA) sites in the United States.

Ossian Ward is Head of Content at Lisson Gallery and a writer on contemporary art. Until 2013, he was the chief art critic and Visual Arts Editor at Time Out London. His new book, Ways of Looking: How to Experience Contemporary Art is due to be published in September 2014 by Laurence King.

This event is a collaboration between Media Space, Science Museum and Art on the Underground.

Thursday 19 June 2014, 19.00-20.30
The Science Museum’s Dana Centre, 165 Queen’s Gate Road, London, SW7 5HD. Click here to book.

Image: Trevor Paglen, An English Landscape (American Surveillance Base near Harrogate, Yorkshire), 2014, courtesy of the Artist.