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   On the Imperial Production of Nowhere

On the Imperial Production of Nowhere

Restricted Area Sign at Area 51. Photo : Trevor PaglenAmerica's most popular "secret base," was founded in 1955 near Groom Lake, Nevada, as a test site for the super-secret U2 airplane. This non-place is not shown on maps and local commanders claim federal law does not apply. Until this day the US Air Force has refused to acknowledge its existence. "Area 51" is the most popular unofficial name of this site. Less common names include "Paradise Ranch," "The Box" and "Dreamland."

Secret landscapes and secret cities like Area 51 are produced to hide secret weapons and secret airplanes, created by tens of billions of dollars concealed from congress and the public. The exact number is, of course, classified, but current estimates put the figure at around 23 billion dollars for fiscal year 2003.

Trevor Paglen is an artist and experimental geographer working out of the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley. In his project On the Production of Nowhere, he uses the trope of Area 51 to examine the production of these nowhere-places in relation to questions of militarism, sovereignty and international law. He is also organizing tours and expeditions to Area 51 and other secret bases.

The fragmented images, sounds, histories, and documents that these restricted landscapes exude are also the source for a number of other projects and websites. Please follow the links below.

Mordechai VanunuIf Trevor Paglen and the below linked webeditors in this way were disclosing military secrets, their websites would have been closed down by the government. They do not get imprisoned like Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli nuclear technician who revealed the secrets of his country's atomic weapons programme. So what are they producing? Nothing but myths and unsharp pictures? Do they actually produce nothing about the imperial production of nothing?



Area 51 Binoculars| Trevor Paglen : On the Production of Nowhere | ~ | : Trevor Paglen : On the Imperial Production of Nowhere | ~ | Lazy G Ranch : The Unofficial Area 51 Tour | ~ | : A brief history of Area 51 | ~ | Groom Lake Audubon Society : Trip Reports | ~ | | ~ | Dave Bethke : Area 51 | ~ | Military Analysis Network | ~ | | ~ | Wikipedia : Mordechai Vanunu | ~ | The Guardian profile : Mordechai Vanunu |


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