micha cárdenas is an artist/theorist who works at the intersections of mvoement, technology and politics. They are a PhD student in Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) at University of Southern California and a member of Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0. micha’s project Local Autonomy Networks was selected for the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial in San Jose and was the subject of their keynote performance at the 2012 Allied Media Conference. Micha’s co-authored book The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities, published by Atropos Press in 2012, discusses art that uses augmented, mixed and alternate reality, and the intersection of those strategies with the politics of gender, in a transnational context. micha holds an MFA from University of California, San Diego, an MA in Communication from the European Graduate School and a BS in Computer Science from Florida International University. They blog at michacardenas.org and tweet at @michacardenas.
micha’s publications include Trans Desire/Affective Cyborgs, with Barbara Fornssler, from Atropos Press, “I am Transreal”, in Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation from Seal Press and “Becoming Dragon: A Transversal Technology Study” in Code Drift from CTheory. They were previously the Interim Associate Director of Art and Technology for UCSD’s Sixth College in the Culture, Art and Technology program. micha has been an artist/researcher with the b.a.n.g. lab at Calit2, the UCSD School of Medicine and CRCA as well as a lecturer in the Visual Arts department and Critical Gender Studies program at UCSD. Micha’s collaboration with Electronic Disturbance Theater, the Transborder Immigrant Tool, was the subject of widespread media coverage. Micha has exhibited and performed in biennials, museums and galleries in places around the world including Los Angeles, San Diego, Tijuana, New York, São Paulo, Berlin, San Francisco, Montreal, Colombia, Egypt, Ecuador, Spain, Switzerland and Ireland. micha’s work has been written about in publications including the Huffington Post, Art21, the Associated Press, the LA Times, CNN, BBC World, Wired and Rolling Stone Italy.
The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities is now available on Amazon.com. This new book by iMAP student Micha Cárdenas was published in February 2012 by Atropos Press. From the back cover:
iMAP Student Micha Cárdenas has published a new article in the art journal No More Potlucks. The journal is based in Montreal, Quebec.
iMAP student micha cárdenas' poetry was just published in this new anthology edited by TC Tolbert and Tim Trace Peterson.
A workshop and performance about the militarization of college campuses and community-based responses to violence.
iMAP Student (2015) Micha Cárdenas will be at the College Art Association next week presenting Scalar as well as their own work.
NOW IS THE TIME to submit your proposal for the Fierce Fashion Futures track for the 2013 Allied Media Conference!
The Network of Ensemble Theaters has awarded a grant to Micha Cárdenas, Complex Movements and Patrisse Cullors
Two iMAP students will be presenting their work at the College Art Association’s annual conference in Los Angeles this year, Jeanne Jo and Micha Cárdenas, with the Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0.
Queer intersects punk and DIY in this spatial and temporal exploration of radical queer narratives and DIY performance art in the Inland Empire.
iMAP Student Micha Cárdenas will be presenting a paper with Zach Blas titled “Imaginary Computational Systems” on Friday, May 25th, 2012 at UCLA.
Micha Cárdenas, iMAP 2015, will be doing a reading from her book, The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities, Fri and Sat at Highways with a great group of people.
iMAP (2015) student Micha Cárdenas will be doing a reading from her new book on Thursday at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives and a new performance in the Local Autonomy Networks series on Friday at Highways Performance Space. Join us!
On March 9th, iMAP student Micha Cárdenas, Zach Blas and Pinar Yoldas will give artist talks on the Queer Viral Practices in New Media Art and Theory panel
Micha Cárdenas will be in the bay area doing a reading of poetry from her new book The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities
Micha Cárdenas, iMAP 2015, be speaking on a panel on Friday at the UCLA Queer Studies Conference on the topic of “Wearable Electronics as Femme Disturbance”
Micha Cardenas, iMap 2015, is included in Speculative an exhibition currently on display at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions