Sunday, November 19, 2006

Sites and Silences

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Known for their critical interrogation of political violence and documentary strategies, Speculative Archive (Julia Meltzer + David Thorne) presents their new work shot in Damascus, Syria. It reflects on “how citizens think through a complex political context in which thinking itself is crippled by uncertainty, secrecy, and fear” (SA). Experimental geographer Trevor Paglen follows with a multi-media lecture/performance, Tracking the CIA’s ‘Torture Planes’ based on research for his new book Torture Taxi (with AC Thompson). He investigates planes and prisons used in the US government’s covert program to kidnap, “render,” and “disappear” suspected terrorists.)