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Facial Weaponization Suite: A Mask-Making Workshop
New York City, NY
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Thank you for participating in Facial Weaponization Suite: A Mask-Making Workshop with Zach Blas, at Eyebeam. In the next few weeks, you may receive a survey about the workshop. We would appreciate your feedback. In addition, we will inform you about Eyebeam's Annual Showcase, where the masks will be exhibited. See you there!


Facial Weaponization Suite: A Mask-Making Workshop
Liberate yourself from facial recognition systems!  In this workshop, we will discuss how biometrics, specifically face recognition software, subjects women and various non-normative, minoritarian persons to precarity and violence. We will also use masks to think about practices of concealment (such as wearing a veil or burqa) that trouble the societal logic that visibility leads to liberation.  

During our first meeting, we will discuss the social and political impact of biometric technologies in global and local contexts as well as imperceptible revolt tactics and feminism through pre-circulated readings.

In the remaining sessions, we will make a "collective mask" from all of the participants' facial data and collectively perform an intervention based on readings, discussions, and the mask-making process.  Take home a mask and be part of a major group exhibition: additional masks and photo documentation of the performance will be displayed at Eyebeam's Annual Showcase in January 2014.

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.   Blas holds a Master of Fine Art, Design Media Arts, University of California Los Angeles.  More on Facial Weaponization Suite: http://www.zachblas.info/projects/facial-weaponization-suite/


The instructor will provide readings prior to the first session, which the participants are expected to read in preparation for the workshop.

Participation is free, but a suggested donation of $5 - $50 is appreciated to help pay for materials.

Session 1: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Session 3: Saturday, December 14, 2013
11:30am - 2:30pm


Eyebeam (View)
540 West 21st Street
New York City, NY 10011
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Visual
Education > Classes
Education > Workshops
Other > Political
Other > Technology

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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