When Trevor Paglen delivers the ART PAPERS Live! public lecture at Emory University this Wednesday, pay careful attention to your audience feedback form. Who’s Trevor Paglen, you might ask? An artist, writer, and experimental geographer, Paglen’s work has crossed a number of genres and topics, but his recent books have centered on the shadow empires of the American military-industrial complex. His latest book, Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon’s Secret World, attempts to sketch a map of several highly classified military operations around the world. One chapter is dedicated to Kabul, Afghanistan; another documents Paglen’s research on Robins Air Force Base near Macon, Georgia. So, in the spirit of Stephen Colbert (whose video interview with Paglen I’ve included below), I’d like to ask our readers to consider my humble homage to Colbert’s Green Screen Challenge.
|The Colbert Report||Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
Throughout the course of his late-night Comedy Central show, Colbert’s various Challenges have aimed to empower audiences over the programming they receive. I’ve filled out the ART PAPERS Live! feedback survey so many times, I’ve nearly committed it to memory. But I always get the eerie sensation that, despite my loyalty, no one’s really listening. After somewhat jokingly writing Laurie Anderson’s name into the “suggested guest speakers” blank four times in a row, followed by the names of working critics and philosophers I admire, I’ve since realized the futility of my lone endeavors. (I’m currently stuck between Mothra and Mechagodzilla as my next suggested speaker.)
But no more! Nation, it’s up to you. If we coordinate our feedback as a group, perhaps we could manage the leverage needed to actually get what we want? Please leave your suggestions below, whether you decide to attend the lecture or not: What artists or creative personalities would you like to see visit Atlanta in the future, at ART PAPERS Live! or at other public events?
Trevor Paglen will speak at Emory University’s White Hall on Wednesday, November 11, starting at 7PM.