Zach Blas is an artist and writer whose work engages technology, queerness, and politics. He is the creator of Facial Weaponization Suite, Face Cages, and a new project Contra-Internet, which explores political alternatives and queer futures of the internet. Currently, he is a lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Blas is also producing two books: Escaping the Face, an artist monograph of recent works to be published by Rhizome at the New Museum and Sternberg Press in 2016, and in Informatic Opacity: The Art of Defacement Biometric Times, a theoretical study of biometric facial recognition and refusals of recognition. His work has been written about and featured in Art Review, Artforum, Frieze, Art Papers, Mousse Magazine, The Atlantic, Al Jazeera America, and Wired. Blas holds a PhD from the graduate program in Literature at Duke University.
Blas has exhibited and lectured internationally, most recently at Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; e-flux, New York; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; New Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw; the 2014 Dakar Bienniale; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Queer/Art/Film LA; transmediale, Berlin; and Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool.