Facial Weaponization Suite

a mask-making workshop

led by visiting artist Zach Blas and Associate Professor Ricardo Dominguez

Session 1: Friday, May 31, 2013, 2-5PM

Session 2: Friday, June 7, 2013, 2-5PM

UC San Diego, Performative Nanorobotics Lab
Structural and Materials Engineering Building (SME), Lab 305
9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, California 92093

In this workshop, mask-making is explored as a queer and feminist resistant practice against emerging forms of biometric facial recognition. During our first meeting, we discuss the social and political impact of biometric technologies in global and local contexts as well as imperceptible revolt tactics through pre-circulated readings. Then, we attempt to make a “collective mask” based on participants’ facial data. In the second meeting, we collectively perform an intervention based on readings, discussions, and the mask-making process.

Readings for the first meeting are available here:

Sign-up for the workshop by emailing:
facialweaponization [at] gmail [dot] com

Facial Weaponization Suite project link:

This workshop is supported by Calit2/QI, b.a.n.g. lab, the Performative Nanorobotics Lab, and the Visual Arts Department at UC San Diego.

Related Link:
Associate Professor Ricardo Dominguez

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