micha cárdenas

micha cárdenas

micha cárdenas is an artist/theorist who creates and studies trans of color movement in digital media, where movement includes migration, performance and mobility. This fall, cárdenas will be joining the University of Washington | Bothell as an Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

cárdenas is a Provost Fellow and PhD candidate in Media Arts + Practice (iMAP) at University of Southern California and 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. Her co-authored book The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities was published by Atropos Press in 2012.

In 2015 micha was a visiting scholar in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, and a MacArthur Foundation HASTAC Scholar. 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 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…

Jan 2015: My new game, Redshift and Portalmetal, is now available online!

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Upcoming Talks, Performances and Exhibitions


October 21-24, Phoenix, AZ
Keynote: Association of Internet Researchers, IR16

October 9-11, Toronto
Keynote: 4th Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group, “Off the Books”

October 8-11, Toronto
American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Panel: Digital Death Worlds: Mediating Necropolitics

October, Toronto
Performance hosted by e-fagia

July, Indianapolis
Post/De/Colonial Digital Humanities with Roopika Risam, Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching

March 27-29, Chicago
INCITE! Color of Violence 4: Women of Color and Trans People of Color Against Violence

March 25, Montreal
“Speculative Bodies: Trans and Queer of Color Digital Praxis”, panel at 2015 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference

Recent Talks and Performances

February 3, Los Angeles
Munroe Center for Social Inquiry at Pitzer College

Jan 21-24, Mexico City
Simposio Internacional de Téoria Sobre Arte Contemporáneo / International Conference on Contemporary Art theory and Practice

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 8-11, Montreal
HTMlles, opening night performance and workshop

November 6, Los Angeles
Game Over: The Fun and the Fury of Electronic Literature

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

October – November, Toronto
Art Gallery of Ontario, Fashion Futures Workshop

October 14-16, Philadelphia
Visiting Artist at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA

August 18, Toronto
What Carries Us Through the World, OCAD

August 16, Toronto
Ill Nana DiverseCity Dance Company’s Performance Showcase

August 13, Toronto
Body Games 2 with Dames Making Games

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

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, Germany
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