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Zach Blas

Zach Blas

American, born 1981

In a practice that spans moving images, computation, and performance, Zach Blas (he/him/his) draws out the philosophies and imaginaries lurking behind digital technologies such as artificial intelligence and biometric recognition. Most recently, his work has been featured in the touring exhibition British Art Show 9 (2021–22) and the group show Positions #6: Bodywork at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands (2020–21). Blas is an Assistant Professor of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto.

See more of Blas's work at his website: zachblas.info.

In my work, I try to look at all these different elements, how technology is used as a way to control, punish, and police people, but also how technology can be wielded to imagine different types of political alternatives.

Zach Blas

Zach Blas (American, born 1981). Facial Weaponization Suite, 2012–14. Installation at Museum Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City, Mexico, 2014–2015, with four 3-D printed masks, four chromogenic prints, and digital video (color, sound) on monitor. Courtesy of the artist.

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