Zach Blas, Contra-internet, 2014-present.

Date: Friday, 27 November 2015
Time:  18:30 – 20:00
Laurel Ptak and Zach Blas host a collaboratively developed event. Ptak’s current research builds upon her project Wages for Facebook, while Blas develops strategies of resistance to and subversion of neoliberal networked technologies.
The artists discuss the feminist and queer politics of the internet and strategies of resistance illustrated through their work, followed by a participatory exercise.

In 1991, the cyberfeminist art collective VNS Matrix declared that “the clitoris is a direct line to the matrix,” claiming the world wide web as a site of feminist liberation. Twenty-four years later, where are we now with the internet?

For this event Zach Blas and Laurel Ptak discuss the feminist and queer politics of the internet, using their respective projects Contra-Internet and Wages for Facebook to illustrate the strategies of resistance to some of the dominant or clichéd narratives within gender and the net.

The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Nadja Millner-Larson, Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths University.


Nadja Millner-Larsen is a lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College. She has taught at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU, where she conducted her doctoral research. Nadja’s writing on the relationship between representationalism and anti-capitalist strategies has appeared in Women’s Studies Quarterly and Triple Canopy among other publications. She is currently preparing a book manuscript entitled Up Against the Real: Anti-representational Militancy in 1960s New York.

This event is part of The Public Domain: Season 2.