The sun glimmers over a desert; a complex of buildings, fenced in by barbed wire, enters the image; an American flag waves in the wind. Suddenly a transporter approaches, the gate to the mysterious grounds opens and men climb out. In his two-channel video installation Eighty Nine Landscapes (2015), Trevor Paglen shows moving-image clips of more-or-less secret, high-security zones of the NSA and GCHQ, Britain’s intelligence service. The 24-minute film discloses these public institutions in long, almost meditative shots. The…
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