Fri December 10, 2021 - Sun November 6, 2022

Trevor Paglen: Beta Space

Beta Space: Trevor Paglen will feature the artist's first sound commission, a new public artwork installed in SJMA's historic clocktower and resounding into the streets of downtown San José. The year-long installation opens on First Friday, November 5, 2021 and will be up through November 6, 2022.

For the seventh installation of the Museum's ongoing "Beta Space" series, a commissioning program that offers artists opportunities to experiment with and exhibit new ideas, materials, and modes of working, Paglen investigates the triangulation between sound, time, and truth. Several times a day, Paglen's sound piece will emanate real-time temporal and environmental facts. Beginning with the current time and weather, a voice synthesizer reads dynamically generated text from "official" data sets like satellite navigation systems, the UN critically endangered species list, and Cal Fire updates. Resonating through the streets, aural information recasts the texture of the city for approximately 45 seconds each time the work sounds. This project joins other artworks such as The Last Pictures (2012) and Trinity Cube (2015) that explore the ethics and politics of human interventions into geologic time.
Beta Space: Trevor Paglen will feature the artist's first sound commission, a new public artwork installed in SJMA's historic clocktower and resounding into the streets of downtown San José. The year-long installation opens on First Friday, November 5, 2021 and will be up through November 6, 2022.

For the seventh installation of the Museum's ongoing "Beta Space" series, a commissioning program that offers artists opportunities to experiment with and exhibit new ideas, materials, and modes of working, Paglen investigates the triangulation between sound, time, and truth. Several times a day, Paglen's sound piece will emanate real-time temporal and environmental facts. Beginning with the current time and weather, a voice synthesizer reads dynamically generated text from "official" data sets like satellite navigation systems, the UN critically endangered species list, and Cal Fire updates. Resonating through the streets, aural information recasts the texture of the city for approximately 45 seconds each time the work sounds. This project joins other artworks such as The Last Pictures (2012) and Trinity Cube (2015) that explore the ethics and politics of human interventions into geologic time.
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