Trevor Paglen

The Shape of Clouds

Sep 4–Oct 24, 2019

Pace Gallery is delighted to present The Shape of Clouds, the gallery’s first exhibition by American artist Trevor Paglen.

Exhibition Details

Trevor Paglen
The Shape of Clouds
Sep 4 – Oct 24, 2019


Quai des Bergues 15-17

Above: Trevor Paglen, CLOUD #865 Hough Circle Transform, 2019, dye sublimation print, 60" × 48" (152.4 cm × 121.9 cm), Edition of 5 + 2 AP © Trevor Paglen

Trevor Paglen, CLOUD #603 Watershed, 2019, dye sublimation print, 48" × 60" (121.9 cm × 152.4 cm), Edition of 5 + 2 AP © Trevor Paglen

Pace Gallery is delighted to present The Shape of Clouds, the gallery’s first exhibition by American artist Trevor Paglen. Held at Quai des Bergues, 15-17, from 4 September to 24 October 2019, this exhibition will explore Paglen’s central themes of computer intelligence, facial recognition technologies, and alternative futures. The Shape of Clouds will coincide with From “Apple” to “Anomaly”, Paglen’s exhibition staged at the Barbican’s Curve, London, from 26 September to 16 February 2020. Moreover, Training Humans, the first major photography show devoted to training images, conceived by Trevor Paglen and Kate Crawford, will be presented at Osservatorio Fondazione Prada in Milan from 12 September 2019 to 24 February 2020.


Trevor Paglen, CLOUD #211 Region Adjacency Graph, 2019, dye sublimation print, 48" × 80" (121.9 cm × 203.2 cm), Edition of 5 + 2 AP © Trevor Paglen

"Computer vision and artificial intelligence have become ubiquitous. We are now living in a world of planetary-scale 'Smart Cities' that track license plates, cell phone signals, faces, and pedestrian movements; self-driving cars autonomously navigate urban environments; robotic factories use computer vision for quality assurance and logistics. The works in this exhibition seek to provide a small glimpse into the workings of these platforms, and into the underlying data that structures how machines 'perceive' images, language, landscapes, and people."

Trevor Paglen, July 2019


Trevor Paglen, CLOUD #135 Hough Lines, 2019, dye sublimation print, 48" × 65" (121.9 cm × 165.1 cm), Edition of 5 + 2 AP © Trevor Paglen

Trevor Paglen

Trevor Paglen (b. 1974, Camp Springs, MD) is known for investigating the invisible through the visible, with a wide-reaching approach that spans image making, sculpture, investigative journalism, writing, engineering, and numerous other disciplines. The clandestine and the hidden are revealed in series such as The Black Sites, The Other Night Sky, and Limit Telephotography in which the limits of vision are explored through the histories of landscape photography, abstraction, Romanticism, and technology. Paglen’s investigation into the epistemology of representation can be seen in his Symbology and Code Names series which utilize text, video, object, and image to explore questions surrounding military culture and language. Among his chief concerns are learning how to see the historical moment we live in and developing the means to imagine alternative futures.

Paglen has had numerous one-person exhibitions, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (2019); Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (2015); Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing (2015); Protocinema Istanbul (2013); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands (2013); and Vienna Secession (2010). He has participated in group exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2008, 2010, 2018); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2014); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2012); Tate Modern, London (2010), and numerous other institutions.

Geneva — Trevor Paglen, The Shape of Clouds, Sep 4–Oct 24, 2019