In her 2012 book The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities, micha cárdenas elaborated a praxis of working with multiple realities, grounded in transgender experience. In her recent work, she continues this project by elaborating a trans of color poetics that can improve the chances of life for transgender women of color, who continue to be the number one target of murder among LGBTQ people in the US. cárdenas will discuss her practice-based research projects, including Local Autonomy Networks (Autonets), Redshift and Portalmetal (Redshift) and Unstoppable, as well as media made by other artists including Zach Blas, Mattie Brice, Giuseppe Campuzano and Nao Bustamante. Through these examples cárdenas demonstrates the operations of the shift and the stitch as the basis for a trans of color poetics.
Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington at Bothell
Dr. micha cárdenas is an artist/theorist who creates and studies trans of color movement in digital media, where movement includes migration, performance and mobility. cárdenas completed her Ph.D. in Media Arts + Practice in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. She is a member of the artist collective Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0. Her solo and collaborative work has been seen in museums, galleries, biennials, keynotes, community and public spaces around the world.
Speculative Computing and World-Making
The spread of immersive digital environments might have made the virtual more “real,” but at the same time, increased surveillance and endless analytics have optimized our world as computation. The 2015 – 2016 Five College Digital Humanities Speaker Series features scholars and artists whose work investigates the constantly shifting boundaries between physical and virtual space, and how such shifts impact how we engage our social, political, and bodily networks: how our worlds are made, and how we can make them differently.
Referring to the hyper-speculation of images, information, and space, documentary filmmaker and author Harun Farocki once declared that “reality would have to begin,” A year after his death, we ask, “Has reality begun? Or has it become something else?”
Dr. cárdenas’s talk is the third in this year’s lecture series.