The work of artist Trevor Paglen approaches the interferences between technology, power and the public sphere by using specific spaces in art. As part of the exhibition Really Useful Knowledge, Paglen invites Jacob Appelbaum to discuss the rise of government surveillance and the way in which this affects people’s freedom and their ability to act. Appelbaum is a computer security researcher and hacker and is part of the Tor Project, which advocates internet privacy. He also collaborated with Wikileaks in relation to the leaks involved in the Snowden case.
Trevor Paglen is a visual artist, geographer and researcher. He currently lives and works New York.
Jacob Appelbaum works as a programmer and lawyer for the Tor Project and is also an independent journalist. He currently lives in Berlin.
The exhibition Really Useful Knowledge has been organised by the Museo Reina Sofía within the framework of the project “The Uses of Art”, by the European museum network L’Internationale.