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Trevor Paglen: From the Archives of Peter Merlin, Aviation Archaeologist

Text by Trevor Paglen.

Image caption: "Baseballs of Death." This is an inert example of a BLU-26 submunition. A cluster bomb dispenses hundreds of these bomblets for antipersonnel warfare and area denial. The small wing shapes spin the bomblet as it falls, using centrifugal force to arm the detonator. The device may be set to explode on impact or at a later time, releasing hundreds of steel pellets. An international treaty signed by 108 nations bans the use of cluster munitions; the United States is not a signatory.

Commemorative coins, patches, mugs and other ephemera from the shadowy world of US military aviation and aerospace

In From the Archives of Peter Merlin, Aviation Archaeologist, multidisciplinary artist Trevor Paglen (born 1974) collaborates with Peter Merlin, a former NASA archivist, on this new artistís book featuring a photographic inventory of objects from the aerospace historianís archive of research culled from military bases such as Area 51.

Featuring images of challenge coins, patches and commemorative mugs from within these bases, as well as debris recovered from the surrounding crash sites, the book presents both a social and technological investigation into the US governmentís secret aviation history from the atomic age to today's drone wreckage.

The symbols and texts featured on these objects that celebrate covert missions range in character from goofy to sinister, though their actual meaning may never be fully explained to the public. In addition to photographic images, the book includes an essay by Paglen as well as in-depth captions of the archiveís inventory, offering context for this history and addressing the present-day ramifications of these military advancements across the realms of communication, surveillance and warfare.


Image caption: "Baseballs of Death." This is an inert example of a BLU-26 submunition. A cluster bomb dispenses hundreds of these bomblets for antipersonnel warfare and area denial. The small wing shapes spin the bomblet as it falls, using centrifugal force to arm the detonator. The device may be set to explode on impact or at a later time, releasing hundreds of steel pellets. An international treaty signed by 108 nations bans the use of cluster munitions; the United States is not a signatory.

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[Merlin's collection] offer[s] rare insight into the shadowy machinations of the state, the violence and surveillance committed in our name.

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Trevor Paglen in conversation with Ben Wizner at the MoMA PS1 Book Space

Trevor Paglen in conversation with Ben Wizner at the MoMA PS1 Book Space

Saturday, June 8 from 3Ė5 PM, Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore, ARTBOOK | D.A.P. and Primary Information present Trevor Paglen in conversation with Ben Wizner to celebrate the publication of Trevor Paglen: From the Archives of Peter Merlin, Aviation Archaeologist. Pre-order signed copies with free shipping in the US at booksmomaps1@artbook.com. The event, held in the MoMA PS1 Book Space, is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.
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Text by Trevor Paglen.

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Pub Date: 5/21/2019
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