The Shift and The Stitch

Dr. micha cárdenas at Hampshire College

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. / @michacardenas

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. In her talk, cárdenas discusses 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 demonstrated the operations of the shift and the stitch as the basis for a trans of color poetics.