UC Press is proud to have two 2017 MacArthur Foundation “genius” award recipients on its publishing list. Congratulations Trevor Paglen and Jason De Leon, who are among the current crop of #MacFellow winners. Profiles of all the award winners, and the complete list of the 2017 class can be found here.
Trevor Paglen’s book, The Last Pictures, was published in 2012, and Jason de Leon’s book, The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail, was published in 2015.
The awards come with a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000, which is awarded over a five-year period. More information on the 2017 MacArthur Fellowship geniuses was published in an article in today’s New York Times.
Congrats to The Last Pictures author Trevor Paglen, who was part of the Oscar-winning team behind Citizenfour, last night’s winner for Best Documentary. Paglen contributed footage of surveillance sites to director Laura Poitras for the film. Here he is celebrating at the Oscars:
If you’re in New York this September, do whatever it takes to get yourself to Bryant Park on Wednesday, September 19 at 7:00 pm. Live from the NYPL will host legendary director Werner Herzog in conversation with UC Press author Trevor Paglen for a special presentation on The Last Pictures—a golden disc of images created by Paglen, to be launched into outer space attached to the exterior of communications satellite EchoStar XVI. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith will also give a reading.
The Last Pictures, co-published by Creative Time Books, is rooted in the premise that these communications satellites will ultimately become the cultural and material ruins of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, far outlasting anything else humans have created. Inspired in part by ancient cave paintings, nuclear waste warning signs, and Carl Sagan’s Golden Records of the 1970s, Paglen has developed a collection of one hundred images that will be etched onto an ultra-archival, golden silicon disc. The disc, commissioned by Creative Time, will then be sent into orbit onboard the Echostar XVI satellite in September 2012, as both a time capsule and a message to the future.
Read an excerpt on our website, then visit The Last Pictures site to learn more about this one-of-a-kind project and see a schedule of Artist Talks.