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Black Box Formula: Contra-internet Workshop with Zach Blas

Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art Galleries

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 from 15:00 to 17:00 (GMT)

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Contra-internet describes the emerging artistic militancies and political subversions of neoliberal, networked digital technologies. Recognising the internet as a premier arena of control today, it is both a refusal of, or exodus from, the internet and also an attempt to build aesthetico-political alternatives to its infrastructures. Aspects of Contra-internet include the global proliferation of autonomous networks and development of encryption tactics.

 

In a short lecture, Blas will explore contemporary aesthetico-political militancies, subversions and alternatives to the internet. The lecture will be followed by a roundtable discussion on selected readings and a performative group exercise regarding the Contra-sexual and the Contra-internet.

 

Both a critique of the internet as a totalised, organising logic and agent of neoliberal control, Contra-internet offers a genealogical, methodological and speculative pathway for artists and activists interested in technology, politics and social change, diverging from the ever-popular realm of post-internet. Contra-internet is a conceptual, practical and experimental framework for uniting explicitly political positions that understand internet technologies as bound to mechanisms that vehemently police and criminalize populations — biometric regulation, drone attacks and data surveillance.

 

This workshop will contain material of a sexual nature.

 

Zach Blas is an artist and writer whose work engages technology, queerness, and politics. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at the University at Buffalo. Blas has exhibited and lectured internationally, most recently at Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; the 2014 Museum of Arts and Design Biennial, New York; the 2014 Dakar Bienniale; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Queer/Art/Film LA, Los Angeles; quartier21 / MuseumsQuartier Wien; Center for 21st Century Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; transmediale, Berlin; and Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool. In 2012-13, he was an artist/researcher-in-residence at the b.a.n.g.lab and Performative Nanorobotics Lab, University of California, San Diego. In 2013-14, Blas was a resident at Eyebeam in New York City, The White Building in London and The Moving Museum in Istanbul.

 

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This workshop will be held at the Curating Contemporary Art rooms (Stevens Building) at the Royal College of Art.

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Royal College of Art

Kensington Gore
SW7 2EU London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 from 15:00 to 17:00 (GMT)


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