Algorithmic Anxieties: Trevor Paglen in conversation with Anthony Downey

Anthony Downey, Trevor Paglen*

*Corresponding author for this work

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    In September 2019, I met with Trevor Paglen as he prepared to present a new project at the Barbican Curve in London. “From ‘Apple’ to ‘Anomaly’” explored the images (so-called datasets) that are used to train algorithms. In a subsequent far-reaching conversation, recorded at the Barbican Centre on 26 September 2019, Paglen presented an extended overview of the ideas behind this work, observing how artificial intelligence and “machine learning” utilise datasets to recognise different objects and, more problematically, produce classificatory systems for “recognising” individuals.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)18-28
    Number of pages10
    JournalDigital War
    Issue number1-3
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 18 Feb 2020


    • Algorithmic design
    • datasets
    • data visualisation
    • digital methodologies
    • interdisciplinary practice


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