I became interested in Micha’s work when I learned about the TransBorder Immigrant Tool. I developed what I like to call “artist crush’s” after watching hours of footage of her performance art online. I can still remember seeing her for the first time across a crowded rooftop dance floor after Nao Bustamante’s performance at the Redcat last year. I’d heard she was moving to Los Angeles and recognised her from her videos. I watched her short curls bounce around her face as her hips swayed to the predictable Le Tigre mashups. She must’ve felt me watching her because she looked up at me through the dim violet light of the crowded club and smiled the flirtatious smile of a woman who knows she’s being admired.
It would seem that for me there is a very thin line between admiring an artist and developing a crush. These little crushes almost always end when I finally seek out my crush objects and befriend them, which is exactly what I did with Micha. It may sound creepy but it’s how I make most of my friends. Micha is smart and funny and it seems we never tire of talking, arguing, exchanging ideas and generally fawning over each others brains. Micha is brilliant and beautiful and my life is better because I have her in it.
I’m sure you too will be moonie over Micha once you see her work and read her new book The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities. And because I’m so good at sharing, I invite you to come out to the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives to crush out on Micha Cardenas as we celebrate the release of her new book The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities. There will be an introduction by Jack Halberstam followed by a brief reading from Micha.
The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities explores the use of multiple simultaneous realities as a medium in contemporary art, including mixed reality, augmented reality and alternate reality approaches. Building on the notion of “trans” from transgender, signifying the crossing of boundaries, the book proposes that transreal aesthetics cross the boundaries created by a proliferation of conceptions of reality that occurred as a result of postmodern theory and emerging technologies.Proposing three operations for dealing with multiple realities, The Transreal discusses artists and art collectives including Blast Theory, mez breeze, Reza Negarestani, Ricardo Dominguez and Zach Blas. Through these artists’ work and Cárdenas’ own artwork, including Becoming Dragon and collaborations with Elle Mehrmand Becoming Transreal, technésexual and virus.circus, The Transreal demonstrates that transreal aesthetics have broad implications across new media, performance art and electronic literature. The book spans a wide range of genres including theoretical analyses of artworks, poetry, source code, photos of performances and wearable electronics, and discussions with leading thinkers in new media and performance art including Stelarc, Allucquére Rosanne Stone and Ricardo Dominguez.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
One Institute Gay and Lesbian Archives
909 W. Adams Blvd.
Wine and light refreshments will be served outside in the garden area.
Here are some of the videos that got me interested in Micha’s work.