Zach Blas

Commission (2022)

In this multimedia installation, Zach Blas deals with religious beliefs, fantasies, and histories influential to Silicon Valley’s approach to artificial intelligence. Creating imagery with computer graphics and a soundtrack generated by machine learning, Blas explores Silicon Valley’s desire for an AI god to emerge. Inspired by Michelangelo’s famous fresco The Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, Blas creates a chapel-like space in which to consider the emergence of a religious attitude towards artificial intelligence, where immortality and transcendence are offered to an elite class and judgment is promised for the rest.

Zach Blas (b. 1981 USA, based in London, UK / Toronto, Canada) is an artist, filmmaker, and writer whose practice spans moving image, computation, theory, performance, and science fiction. He is interested in the philosophies and imaginaries lurking in artificial intelligence, biometric recognition, predictive policing, airport security, and the internet, often from a queer perspective. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Visual Studies at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto.

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