Previously at the ICA - Events, Films
29 Apr 2014
From mainstream films to low brow independent media, software, hardware and wetware all feature as new domains for dreaming, fearing and zoning out. In a wide ranging conversation, queer theorist Jack Halberstam and queer media artist Zach Blas cover the basics and the not so basics of queer technology. Not satisfied with an “add LGBT characters and stir” approach to gaming, dating or vidding, Halberstam and Blas think about queer algorithms, queer code, failure, violence, networks, new media activism and artwork. Whether in conversation about Spike Jonz’s Her, Wes Anderson’s new/old cinematic aesthetics, or batting around the ideas of Galloway, Deleuze, Octavia Butler or Walter Benjamin, Blas and Halberstam promise to engage, outrage, inform and entertain.
Jack Halberstam is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California and is the author of Female Masculinity (Duke University Press, 1998), In A Queer Time and Place (New York University Press, 2005), The Queer Art of Failure (Duke University Press, 2011) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2012).
Zach Blas is an artist and writer whose work engages technology, queerness, and politics. He is the creator of art group Queer Technologies, a founding member of The Public School Durham, and a PhD at Duke University in the Literature Program. Currently, he is a resident at The White Building in London.