Micha Cárdenas: Why she kicks ass
- She is a transgender artist/theorist who works in performance, wearable electronics, hacktivism and critical gender studies.
- She is a PhD student in Media Arts and Practice at University of Southern California and a member of Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0.
- Her book The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities discusses artists’ strategies for using multiple realities such as; augmented, mixed and alternate reality, and the intersection of these with the politics of gender.
- She holds an MFA from the University of California San Diego, an MA in Media and Communications with distinction from the European Graduate School and a BS in Computer Science from Florida International University.
- Her publications include “I am Transreal”, in Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, Trans Desire/Affective Cyborgs and Becoming Dragon: A Transversal Technology Study in Code Drift.
- Her artwork and collective projects have appeared in publications including Art21, BBC World, CNN, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone Italy, Wired, Vice Magazine, Missy Magazine, Art as Authority, Dr. Dobbs Journal and her writing has been featured in the Inflexions journal, Digimag, NewMediaFix.net, Augmentology.com and in the San Diego Reader. (As well as many more.)
- Her performances, videos and collaborations have been seen in biennials, museums, galleries, community spaces and public spaces around the world including; 2010 California Biennial, The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics in Bogota, Colombia, GLAMFA 2009 at Cal State Long Beach, the Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum in Alexandria, Egypt, El Centro Cultural de Tijuana (CECUT), the 2008 Whitney Biennial, Artivistic 2007 and 2009 in Montreal, The Art and Social Space Laboratory at the Central Bank Museum of Ecuador, the Steinmatte at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Swizterland, the Rubber Rose Gallery, the Casa de Iniciativas in Málaga, Spain and the Seoul Human Rights festival as well as on Free Speech TV and Paper Tiger TV.