An Unsettling Sound Installation Blasts Cold, Hard Facts Into Downtown San Jose
“There Will Come Soft Rains” by artist Trevor Paglen issues updates on local and global facts from inside the San Jose Museum of Art’s historic clock tower.
By Brian Libby
November 4, 2021
3 minute read
Artist Trevor Paglen has a talent for visualizing the invisible. He has photographed top-secret drones and bases used by the military, gone on scuba-diving expeditions to locate undersea cables owned by the N.S.A., and created a viral art project that exposed the racist and sexist biases in one of the world’s leading image databases. (Paglen recently discussed these and other undertakings, as well as his lifelong interest in perception, on Ep. 49 of our Time Sensitive podcast.) Each piece encourages viewers to ponder the unseen, often disturbing realities that quietly shape our everyday lives.
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