You've Just Been F*cked by PSYOPS

When and Where

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Jackman Humanities Building
170 St. George Street, 1st floor


Trevor Paglen


Join us for You've Just Been F*cked by PSYOPS: A story of mind control, artificial intelligence, UFOs, magic, electronic warfare, and death of the internet, a public talk with Dr. Trevor Paglen. This Public Talk is part of a 2023-2024 Andrew Mellon Sawyer Seminar titled “Evasion: Thinking the Underside of Surveillance.”

About the talk:

As AI-generated content, social-media influence operations, micro-targeted advertising, and ubiquitous surveillance have become the norm on the Internet and in the market in general, we have entered an era of PSYOP Capitalism. This is an era of generated hallucinations designed to transform each of us into a “targeted individual” through the manipulation of perception. This is a story about the origins of PSYOP Capitalism. A largely secret history of military and intelligence research and programs that laid the groundwork for our phantasmagoric present.

About Dr. Paglen:

Trevor Paglen is an artist whose work spans image-making, sculpture, investigative journalism, writing, engineering, and numerous other disciplines.

Paglen’s work has had one-person exhibitions at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington D.C.; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Fondazione Prada, Milan; the Barbican Centre, London; Vienna Secession, Vienna; and Protocinema Istanbul, and participated in group exhibitions the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Modern, and numerous other venues.

Paglen has launched an artwork into distant orbit around Earth in collaboration with Creative Time and MIT, contributed research and cinematography to the Academy Award-winning film Citizenfour, and created a radioactive public sculpture for the exclusion zone in Fukushima, Japan.

Paglen is the author of several books and numerous articles on subjects including experimental geography, artificial intelligence, state secrecy, military symbology, photography, and visuality. Paglen’s work has been profiled in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, the Financial Times, Art Forum, and Aperture. In 2014, he received the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award and in 2016, he won the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. Paglen was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2017.

Paglen holds a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Geography from U.C. Berkeley.

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Centre for Diaspora & Transnational Studies


Centre for Diaspora & Transnational Studies


170 St. George Street, 1st floor