Known for his work at the intersections of technology, queerness and politics, artist and writer Zach Blas discusses the emerging militancies and subversions of ‘the Internet’.
Blas engages topics of post-capitalism, dildotectonics, utopian plagiarism, and social media exodus, constructing a contra-internet praxis that both refuses its control logic and builds alternatives to its infrastructure.
Commissioned by Rhizome.
Zach Blas is an artist and writer. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Blas has exhibited and lectured internationally, including 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; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; and Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool. Recent residencies include Eyebeam in New York, The Moving Museum in Istanbul, and the Delfina Foundation in London.
Blas has published writings in Queer: Documents of Contemporary Art (The MIT Press and Whitechapel), The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest; You are Here: Art after the Internet (Cornerhouse Books); and co-edited The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities (Atropos Press).
This event is part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s Electronic Superhighway Season, featuring artist commissions, displays and screenings, alongside talks and live performances.
Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966) runs from 29 January to 15 May 2016.