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Zach Blas is an artist, writer, and researcher whose work engages technology, queerness, and politics. He is the creator of art group Queer Technologies, a founding member of The Public School Durham, and a PhD candidate in The Graduate Program in Literature, Information Science + Information Studies, and Visual Studies at Duke University.
He has recently exhibited and lectured at Abandon Normal Devices Festival, The Banff Centre, Center for 21st Century Studies, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Honor Fraser, The HTMlles, Machine Project, Medialab Prado, MIX NYC, South by Southwest Interactive, transmediale, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, where he co-curated the 2011 group exhibition Speculative. In 2012-13, he was an artist/researcher-in-residence at the b.a.n.g.lab and Performative Nanorobotics Lab, University of California San Diego.
Blas has published writings in Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader, The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest (forthcoming), Leper Creativity, No More Potlucks, Rhizome, Version, Women Studies Quarterly, and co-edited The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities.
Currently, he is producing a body of work that responds to technological control and refusals of political visibility through tactics of escape, disappearance, illegibility, and opacity. One project, Facial Weaponization Suite, produces forms of aesthetic resistance against biometric facial recognition by making “collective masks” in community-based workshops.
Blas holds a Master of Fine Art, Design Media Arts, University of California Los Angeles.