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With a degree in art and a doctorate in geography, Paglen sees the world a unique lens.

Through and sculpture and writing, his vision secret government operations and applications in space. One of his books, Spots on the Map: The Dark of the Pentagon ‘s Secret is an exposé that one critic “both a warning and a call to

Satellites have long the New York-based artist, and his latest for an orbiting work of sculpture is at the of his installation at Artpace, titled for a Nonfunctional Satellite (Design 2, 1).” It’s part of the International Artists-in-Residence exhibition, runs through Sept. 15.

Curated by Hou Hanru of the 5th Auckland the show also features by Hong Kong artist Pak Chuen and Brazilian transplant by way of Clarissa Tossin.

“It’s a satellite that doesn’t do except be seen,” Paglen of the star-like object suspended the gallery ceiling, its six reflective, arms extended from a hub.

He notes how far we’ve from Sputnik, the first earth satellite launched by the Union in 1957.

“It basically didn’t do anything,” Paglen, who has shown his artwork at the Museum of Art. the Tate in London and the Walker Arts in Minneapolis. “Back then, you put in space for the sake of doing it. were symbolic gestures, but useless objects were influential on ’60s artists Donald Judd. I’m at that moment in time, historical moment, when the could have gone in a lot of directions.”

Paglen’s satellite are “secondary payloads,” lightweight that could “piggy-back on else’s rocket.” (Costs prohibited him from actually one up.)

“They are designed to be seen as objects in the night sky,” he “They would look a flickering star, lasting a month, and then burn

Paglen said the social and issues surrounding “aerospace for aerospace engineering’s sake” are different from “art for sake.”

“But every who went into the space did so because they looked up at the sky and fascinated by it — not because they to make a military or commercial he said. “I’m trying to that moment, that

In the adjacent gallery, Tossin has a beat-up 1973 Volkswagen model stationwagon outfitted as a cleaner’s working vehicle, with net and brush lashed to the Tossin grew up in Brasília, is home to many public by egalitarian architect Oscar A rough video offers a of the city from the window of the purposely avoiding Niemeyer’s modern monuments in favor of a utilitarian, improvised approach.

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The capital Brasília and the Volkswagen became symbols of moving forward, Tossin said.

“I to relate that to current of unrest in Brazil,” she said.

Pak, who has been writing for for a decade, has created a text in Artpace’s upstairs gallery ideas and thoughts expressed in one-inch letters traversing the walls and white letters on the concrete floor.

“Every said Pak, born in in 1977 and transplanted to Hong in 1984, “I go out, explore and

Among the ideas and observations by the world around him: you give birth to a baby, one of the rooms (or drawers) in your locked forever.” Another: somebody’s birthmark on your And: “Do something that is danger.”

“I think of this room,” Pak “as a room for meditation.”


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