Upcoming Virtual Talks with CRES/DANM Faculty, micha cárdenas

March 08, 2022


Poetic Operations and Trans Ecologies

April 6th at 1PM PT / 4PM ET
Virtual Artist Talk
Zoom Link Registration: stamp.umd.edu/poeticoperations

In this talk, Dr. cárdenas will discuss her new book Poetic Operations, as well as her augmented reality artwork about climate justice and her forthcoming publication "Poetics of Trans Ecologies." In Poetic Operations artist and theorist micha cárdenas considers contemporary digital media, artwork, and poetry in order to articulate trans of color strategies for safety and survival. Drawing on decolonial theory, women of color feminism, media theory, and queer of color critique, cárdenas develops a method she calls algorithmic analysis. Understanding algorithms as sets of instructions designed to perform specific tasks (like a recipe), she breaks them into their component parts, called operations. By focusing on these operations, cárdenas identifies how trans and gender-non-conforming artists, especially artists of color, rewrite algorithms to counter violence and develop strategies for liberation. In her analyses of Giuseppe Campuzano's holographic art, Esdras Parra's and Kai Cheng Thom's poetry, Mattie Brice's digital games, Janelle Monáe's music videos, and her own artistic practice, cárdenas shows how algorithmic analysis provides new modes of understanding the complex processes of identity and oppression and the intersection of gender, sexuality, and race.
This exhibition and programming is supported by the Immersive Media Design Program (imd.umd.edu), The Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (wgss.umd.edu), University Libraries (lib.umd.edu), STAMP Events (stamp.umd.edu), and the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org).

micha cárdenas, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Performance, Play & Design, and Critical Race & Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she directs the Critical Realities Studio. Her book Poetic Operations, forthcoming from Duke University Press, proposes algorithmic analysis as a method for developing a trans of color poetics. cárdenas’s co-authored books, The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities (2012) and Trans Desire / Affective Cyborgs (2010), were published by Atropos Press. She is co-editor of the book series Queer/Trans/Digital at NYU Press, with Amanda Philips and Bo Ruberg. She is a member of the artist collective Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0. She is a first generation Colombian American.



Miranda Endowed Lecture 2022

Poetic Operations: Trans of Color Art in Digital Media

with micha cárdenas

Thursday, April 14th @ 5:30pm

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