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Facial Weaponization Suite. Procession of Biometric Sorrows. MUAC, Mexico City, Mexico, June 5 2014. Photo by Oliver Santana

Facial Weaponization Suite. Procession of Biometric Sorrows. MUAC, Mexico City, Mexico, June 5 2014. Photo by Oliver Santana

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The Study Sessions: The Politics of Opacity

Informatic Opacity, with Zach Blas

13 Jun 2017

This series of study sessions will explore notions of ‘opacity’, ‘imperceptibility’ and ‘disappearance’ from a number of different perspectives, and in relation to questions of ethics, politics and aesthetics. More>>

“The outside is always an opening on to a future,” wrote philosopher Gilles Deleuze, “[it] is a thought of resistance.” Oriented around one such theory of “the outside” in minoritarian thought, this study session will engage Édouard Glissant’s philosophy of opacity as a theoretical and aesthetic modality in which to think, imagine, and act outside of a major technological hegemony of the historical present, namely, biometric governance. We will put opacity into relation with informatics, in order to develop a critical framework for analyzing biometrics in regimes of security and control today. There will be a particular emphasis on the aesthetics and politics of the face in biometric technologies, critical theory, and artistic practice. Participants will also be introduced a variety of concepts, including biometric failure, nonexistence, and capture, alongside Blas’s writings and artworks. All readings will be circulated in advance.

To book please email Merce at merce@nottinghamcontemporary.org

 

6.30-8.30pm
 
Free, The Studio
 

Zach Blas is an artist and writer whose practice confronts technologies of surveillance, security, and control with minoritarian politics. Currently, he is a Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Blas has exhibited and lectured internationally, recently at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; e-flux, New York; and Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City. His current project Contra-Internet is supported by a 2016 Creative Capital award in Emerging Fields. Blas’s artist monograph Escaping the Face will be published by Sternberg Press and Rhizome. His work has been written about and featured in Artforum, Frieze, Art Papers, Mousse Magazine, and Art Review.

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