Trevor Paglen: Opposing Geometries

September 15, 2020 (All day) to March 21, 2021 (All day)

Abstract: With the development and advancement of artificial intelligence (AI), there has been a radical change in the way that surveillance systems capture, categorize, and synthesize photographs. Opposing Geometries is the

third iteration of Mirror with a Memory, an initiative exploring the many ways artists probe the intersections of photography, surveillance, and AI to underscore concerns about implicit bias, right to privacy, and police monitoring embedded in corporate, military, and law enforcement applications.

The exhibition includes a new site-specific commission,  a sculpture that doubles as a WiFi hotspot, and photographs that reveal how AI analyzes and labels photographs of people and places. These works are placed in three areas within the museum, inviting visitors to encounter Trevor Paglen’s insightful perspective in different contexts. Also included are online workshops:

In Conversation Online: Trevor Paglen and Dan Leers September 17

Algorithms & Social Spaces: Online Workshop October 14

AI & Speculative Fictions: Online Workshop October 28

Machines That Learn: Online Workshop November 11


*Museum Visits are free for undergraduate, graduate and professional students from the University’s Pittsburgh campus with a valid Pitt student ID.


Support for the Hillman Photography Initiative is provided by the William T. Hillman and the Henry L. Hillman Foundations

Location and Address

Carnegie Museum of Art