Possible Bodies

Facial Weaponization Communiqué: Fag Face

Item number: 020
Item title: Facial Weaponization Communiqué: Fag Face
Author(s) of the item: Zach Blas
Year in which the item emerged culturally or was produced industrially: 2012
Entry of the item into the inventory: 11/2014
Activities in which the item participated: GenderBlending
Inventor(s) for this item: Possible Bodies

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Facial Weaponization Communiqué: Fag Face, videostill (2012)

"The Facial Weaponization Suite develops forms of collective and artistic protest against biometric facial recognition – and the inequalities these technologies propagate – by making masks in community-based workshops that are used for public intervention. One mask, the Fag Face Mask, is a response to scientific studies that attempt to build models based on tests where people « accurately » define sexual orientation after looking at a face for 0.5 milliseconds. 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."


Fag Face Scanning Station, reclaim:pride with the ONE Archives and RECAPS Magazine, Christopher Street West Pride Festival, West Hollywood, CA, photo by David Evans Frantz (2013)