micha cárdenas


October 2015: Watch my talk at the Museum of Modern Art in New York at MoMA R&D. Listen to me being interviewed by Nia King, also on iTunes. Read this amazing response to my work by Nasrin Himada, “The Colour of Spatial Infinity is Red”. See UNSTOPPABLE on exhibit until November 15th at the Works gallery in San Jose in “The American Gun Show”

August 2015: UNSTOPPABLE, a project to create low to no cost bulletproof clothing is my latest project, in collaboration with Patrisse Cullors, Edxie Betts and Chris Head. To exhibit or host this project, send me a message by using the contact form.  

July 2015: My game, Redshift and Portalmetal, has been selected for inclusion in the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3

June 2015: I’m so honored to share that I am the recipient of the first ever James Tiptree Jr. Fellowship.


Upcoming Talks, Performances and Exhibitions


May 27, Madison, WI
Wiscon, Tiptree Fellows Panel

April 21, Poughkeepsie, NY
Vassar College

March 14, Lewiston, Maine
Bates College, Intersectional Approaches to Computational Studies

February 9, Chicago
Northwestern University, Performance Studies Lecture Series

January 5th, Seattle
University of Washington | Bothell, Gender and Sexuality Studies Colloquia


December 18 – January 22, Seattle
UNSTOPPABLE Exhibition at INCA Institute

December 5th, Amherst
Hampshire College, Reality Would Have to Begin

November 12, Tacoma
University of Puget Sound, Trans Latinx Futures

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

October 15, Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Art Museum Art/Sci Salon

October 9-11, Toronto
Featured Speaker: 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 8, Toronto
Redshift and Portalmetal performance hosted by e-fagia

October 2, Seattle
University of Washington | Bothell, Creative Writing and Poetics Fall Convergence

September 16, New York City


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 is an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington | Bothell.

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 artworks have been presented in museums, galleries and biennials including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the ZKM in Karlrushe, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, the Centro Cultural del Bosque in Mexico City, the Centro Cultural de Tijuana, the Zero1 Biennial and the California Biennial. cárdenas was the recipient of the first ever James Tiptree Jr. fellowship.

cárdenas’ co-authored books The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities and Trans Desire / Affective Cyborgs were published by Atropos Press. Her poetry has appeared in the anthologies Troubling the Line, The &Now Awards 3, Trans Bodies, Trans Selves and Writing the Walls Down. She has published book chapters in Plants, Androids and Operators – A Post-Media Handbook, Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, Queer Geographies, The Critical Digital Studies Reader and the Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader. Her articles have been published in CTheory, the Media-N Journal, the Ada Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology, The Journal of Popular Music Studies, and the AI & Society Journal, as well as the magazines No More Potlucks, Mute Magazine and Make/Shift Magazine.

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 femmedisturbance.tumblr.com and tweets at @michacardenasRead more…



Recent Talks, Performances and Exhibitions

July 27-31, Indianapolis
Post/De/Colonial Digital Humanities with Roopika Risam, Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching

June 26 – July 18, Kansas City
That Used to Be Us, Haw Contemporary

June 25, San Francisco
Mangos with Chili: All that You Touch You Change, National Queer Arts Festival

June 25, Toronto
That’s So Gay, Gladstone Hotel

June 11-12, Los Angeles
Machine Dreaming, UCLA

June 8-9, UC Davis
Master Class on Performative Technologies, MODlab

Recent Talks and Performances

April 30 – May 5, Los Angeles
Pregnancy and Redshift & Portalmetal in iMappening 2015

March 4 – April 4, Dresden
Boom, Bubble and Blast: Art Against the Crisis, Motorenhalle

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

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”

2014 highlights

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

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

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

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