micha cárdenas is a performer, writer, student, educator, mixed-race latina femme who works with movement as a technology of change. micha is a Provost Fellow and PhD candidate in Media Arts + Practice (iMAP) at University of Southern California and a member of the art collective Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0. micha’s solo and collaborative work has been seen in museums, galleries, biennials, keynotes, community and public spaces around the world. Her co-authored book The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities was published by Atropos Press in 2012. Her project Autonets has been presented in cities across North America, South America and Europe.

In 2014 micha is a visiting scholar in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. In 2013 micha was a fellow at the Post Media Lab at Leuphana University in Germany, a New Directions Scholar at the USC Center for Feminist Research and a MacArthur Foundation HASTAC Scholar. She 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. She blogs at michacardenas.org and tweets at @michacardenasRead more…

Upcoming Talks, Performances and Exhibitions


Spring, Los Angeles
Munroe Center for Social Inquiry at Pitzer College

Jan 8-11, Vancouver
MLA 2015, Vancouver, “Queer OS: Queerness as Operating System”


November 13-16, Puerto Rico
National Women’s Studies Association, “Transgression, Gender Disturbance, and Feminist Sci-Fi Futures”

November 6-9, Los Angeles
American Studies Association Annual Meeting, “Feminist Making”

July 1-15, Toronto
Artist in Residence, LGBT Intergenerational Residency, Artscape Gibraltar

July 2, Toronto
Body Games, Workshop series with Dames Making Games Toronto

June 19, Detroit
Trans Women of Color International Network Gathering, Allied Media Conference

Recent Talks and Performances


May 22-24, Winnipeg, MB
Plenary Panel, Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism

May 9-11, Yellow Springs, Ohio
Living as Form (Nomadic Edition) Antioch College

May 1-3, Virginia Tech
Keynote, Gender, Bodies, Technology Conference, Virginia Tech

April 24-27, Lima, Peru
HASTAC 2014, Hemispheric Hacktivism Panel

December 2013 – March 30, 2014
EDT in Global Activism, ZKM Karlsruhe

March 27, Toronto
University of Toronto, Faculty of Information Colloquia Series 

March 12-14, Sweden
Keynote, Digital Gender Theory and Practice, Umeå University, Sweden

January 16, Toronto
InterAccess 30th Anniversary


November 21-24, Washington, DC
American Studies Association Annual Meeting

November 13, Toronto
Autonets Convergence, University of Toronto

November 6, Chicago, IL
Transgender Studies Quarterly Round Table
October 11-13, Los Angeles
Hemispheric Institute GSI Convergence, Performance Nights

September 19-21, Chicago
Critical Ethnic Studies Association Conference
September 30 – October 2, Aix-En-Provence, France
Anti-Atlas of Borders

July 6 – August, Germany
Fellow, Post Media Lab

July 2, Toronto
Autonets Workshop with Maggie’s
June 20-23, Detroit
Allied Media Conference
June 11, San Francisco
National Queer Arts Festival 2013, with Mangos with Chili
May, Detroit
Detroit Future Media

May 8-13, Montreal, Quebec
Keynote, Differential Mobilities Conference 

May 2-4, Milwaukee
Plenary, Dark Side of the Digital
April 26, Lüneburg, Germany
Post Media Lab: Don’t Forget the Archives! Symposium
April 19 – July 21, Amsterdam
Transcreen: Amsterdam Transgender Film Festival, art exhibition “Lost & Found Transgender Image Making”
April 20-21, Toronto
Mangos with Chili 
April 19, Los Angeles
Congress on Research in Dance

March, New Jersey
Trans Technology, Rutgers University
Feb 9, San Francisco
Mangos with Chili
Feb 12, New York
Feb 13-16, New York
College Art Association

January 11-20, São Paulo, Brazil
Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics VIII Encuentro, performance and workshop
January 29 – Feb 2, Berlin
Transmediale BWPWAP