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Facial Weaponization Suite: a Mask Making Workshop at UC San Diego, Friday June 7th

Facial Weaponization Suite: a Mask Making Workshop
led by visiting artist Zach Blas and Professor Ricardo Dominguez

When: Friday, June 7, 2-5PM

Location: 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. The artists will collectively perform an intervention based on readings, discussions, and the mask-making process. One mask, the Fag Face Mask, is a response to scientific studies that link determining sexual orientation through rapid facial recognition. This mask is generated from the biometric facial data of many queer men’s faces, resulting in a mutated, alien facial mask that cannot be read or parsed by biometric facial recognition technologies.

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