The article investigates the role of identity and the body in biometric technologies, contesting the conception that biometrics are neutral. It discusses biometrics’ exclusionary effects with regards to gender, race, class and ability, among others, by unveiling its historical links to nineteenth-century pseudoscientific practices. It does so through an analysis of Zach Blas’ Facial Weaponization Suite, an artistic critique of this dominant conception that draws attention to biometrics’ contested history and its current implications for marginalised identities.

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Keywords Biometrics, art, gender, race, anthropometry
Publisher Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
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Journal Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis
Rights Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Note TMG Journal for Media History; Vol 21, No 2 (2018): Big Data Histories; 89-105
Wevers, Rosa. (2018). Unmasking Biometrics’ Biases: Facing Gender, Race, Class and Ability in Biometric Data Collection. Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis, 21(2), 89–105. doi:10.18146/2213-7653.2018.368