2046: An (In)visible Odyssey ;
[analyzing and speculating about 60+ years of the NSA]
Collaborators: Claire Gaspin, Yang Yu
5x5 Participatory Provocations Travelling Exhibition, 2016
Although the National Security Agency (NSA) first developed in 1952, it took more than 30 years to design and dedicate a series of structures to house the nation’s premier covert intelligence organization. Coincidentally, 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the headquarters’ completion in Fort Meade, MD. If we were to speculate in 30 year increments, it is left to wonder, what might the 60th anniversary be like?
Imagine…the year is 2046…intelligence infrastructure has latticed across the nation, creating a gradient of visibility while the original headquarters building has become obsolete. NSA-sponsored educational facilities and campuses begin to surface, promoting STEM education as a national priority. The enigmatic presence of the NSA has transformed into a palpable emblem of progress and well-being.