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Dominguez at MIT, Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0 and upcoming events

By Micha Cardenas

Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0 in Digimag is out today:

We are Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0 - EDT2.0. As a collective, we are already many. As a multiplicity, our goals, hopes and intentions are multiple. Our shared goals include the disturbance of borders: national, gender, genre, disciplinary, fiction/non, through the exploitation and re/performance of technology, poetry and the imaginaries of each... We create media viruses, dislocative border disturbance technologies and Electronic Civil Disobedience actions in order to imagine and bring about desired futures. We exploit existing media technologies in order to conjure spirits of mayan technologies and queer technologies in ...

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Highways Performance Space Presents Calit2/CRCA artist/researchers in somatic SENSOR

By Micha Cardenas

Calit2 and CRCA artist/researchers Elle Mehrmand and Micha Cardenas are co-curating and performing in a new art show in Los Angeles. The press release is below and more information is available at transreal.org. The show includes the work of a number of UCSD MFA candidates as well. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PERFORMANCE, VISUAL ART

CONTACT: Patrick Kennelly
(310) 453-1755
admin at highwaysperformance dot org


Highways Performance Space Presents somatic SENSOR, featuring Performance, Digital and Networked Media, Drawing and Soft Sculpture that Opens Borders Between Realities and Bodies

Friday and Saturday, January 21 + 22, 2011 at 8:30pm
Highways Performance Space
at the 18th Street Arts Center
1651 ...

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Appointment of Micha Cardenas as Interim Associate Director of Art and Technology for Sixth College

By Micha Cardenas

Cali2 and CRCA artist/researcher Micha Cardenas has been appointed to a new position at UCSD. The announcement from Sixth College Director of Academic Programs, Liz Losh, follows. 


From: Losh, Elizabeth
Date: 2011/1/6

Dear Sixth College colleagues,

Please join me in warmly welcoming our interim Associate Director of Art and Technology, Micha Cardenas. With degrees in Computer Science, Critical Theory, and Visual Arts and long-standing relationships with UCSD arts communities and committees to promote diversity, we feel very fortunate to have Micha join us in Academic Programs. Micha is an artist/theorist whose transreal work mixes physical and networked spaces in order to ...

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Artist/Researcher and Lecturer Micha Cardenas Publishes Book Chapter

By Micha Cardenas

UCSD Lecturer and Calit2/CRCA Artist/Researcher Micha Cardenas has published a new book chapter in the book Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman. Cardenas' chapter is titled "I am Transreal: A reflection on/of Becoming Dragon". It begins with her research at Calit2 into immersive interfaces for Second Life and their intersection with possible futures of gender, sexuality and new forms of embodiment.

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About the book: In the 15 years since the release of Gender Outlaw, Kate Bornstein's groundbreaking challenge to gender ideology, transgender narratives have made their way from the margins to the mainstream and back again. Today's transgenders and other ...

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b.a.n.g. lab researchers present at Art and Resistance Workshop in Chiapas

By Micha Cardenas

b.a.n.g. lab researchers Elle Mehrmand and Micha Cardenas are currently in Chiapas, Mexico teaching a two day workshop on "Digital Activism: From ECD to Mixed Reality". The workshop is part of the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics' summer course Art and Resistance. Other presenting artists include Jesusa Rodriguez, 2boys.tv and the Fortaleza de Mujer Maya.

We're really enjoying participating in the workshop and the intense dialogue here with the rest of the artists and scholars at this event. You can read more about our workshop and the rest of the event at these sites:

Art and Resistance course blog (in English)

Arte y Resistancia blog by two participants from the Universidad ...

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technesexual performance and artist talk next week in Durham

By Micha Cardenas

Next week, CRCA and b.a.n.g. lab researchers Elle Mehrmand and Micha Cardenas are heading out to Durham, North Carolina to do a performance and artist talk at Duke University. They will also be meeting with the Experiencing Virtual Worlds interdisciplinary research group at Duke to discuss some of their recent writing.

technesexual

a mixed reality performance
1/25 @ 6pm, SoundSense Studio, CIEMAS

Erotic Mixed Reality Performance
an artist talk
1/27 @ 4pm, Nasher Museum Auditorium

Sponsored by:
The Experiencing Virtual Worlds Working Group
Information Science + Information Studies
Art, Art History and Visual Studies
Women's Studies

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Media Frenzy over the Transborder Immigrant Tool

By Micha Cardenas

The Transborder Immigrant Tool was the subject of a whirlwind of media attention in the past week. The project has been developed by the Electronic Disturbance Theater, consisting of artists Ricardo Dominguez, Brett Stalbaum, Amy Sara Carroll and Micha Cardenas. The media coverage included television, radio and print stories including the Associated Press, BBC World, NBC, Fox, and the UCSD Guardian. While the actual stories are too many to list here, the following is a list of some of the major articles. Many media outlets improperly reported it as an Iphone app, others attempted to discredit the project saying it is illegal, and some interviewed Enrique Morones of the Border Angels, one of ...

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b.a.n.g lab Articles in Vice Magazine and Augmentology.com

By Micha Cardenas

Vice magazine wrote a long article this month about Calit2 PI Ricardo Dominguez and the b.a.n.g. lab. The article covers numerous Border Disturbance Art projects, including the Freephone, but focuses on the Transborder Immigrant Tool.

FOLLOW THE GPS, ESE:THE TRANSBORDER IMMIGRANT TOOL HELPS MEXICANS CROSS OVER SAFELY



Also, b.a.n.g. lab researcher Micha Cardenas/Azdel Slade published a new article on Realityshifting on Augmentology.com last week. It includes a short machinima she produced as well as other videos and links. Check it out and leave a comment with your thoughts!

Reality Shifting - Part 1: Rezzing...

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Recent Reviews and Articles about b.a.n.g. lab Projects

By Micha Cardenas

Calit2 artist/researchers working with the b.a.n.g. lab have had a number of reviews and articles published about their work this month. The new article Micha Cardenas co-authored with Felipe Zuniga entitled "IO NON HO NIENTE DA DIRE (I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY)" is in the current issue Digimag, an italian new media magazine. Since its only in Italian, you can find english text here. The article discusses the Emergency - Emergent Agency / Emergencia - Agencia Emergente project, which Ricardo Dominguez was also a part of, for the Dialogos y Interrogantes portion of the Proyecto Civico exhibition at CECUT in Tijuana.

coperta2.jpg Gabriel Menotti wrote a really interesting review of Artivistic TURN*ON for Furtherfield.org ...

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Mixed Relations / Technesexual - Mixed Reality Live Audio Performances and Workshops

By Micha Cardenas

CRCA researchers Micha Cardenas and Elle Mehrmand will be doing a performance entitled Technesexual thattechnesexual2_090924_121547.jpg uses DIY biometric sensors that were made by hand to create live audio which will be heard in real space and virtual space at the same time. It is a Mixed Reality performance exploring relationality between people and between people and technology.

Cardenas and Mehrmand will be performing Technesexual in Tijuana at Entijuanarte on Oct 4th, in San Francisco at Arse Elektronika on Oct 2nd and in Montreal at Artivistic. They will also be doing a 3 day workshop in Montreal from Oct 15-17th, sharing the technology used for the performance with workshop participants including DIY electronics, ...

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Mobile HCI Community Practices and Locative Media Workshop

By Micha Cardenas

b.a.n.g. lab researcher Micha Cardenas will be presenting at the Mobile HCI conference in Bonn, Germany tomorrow morning at the Community Practices and Locative Media Workshop. She will be presenting a paper on the Transborder Immigrant Tool. The pdf of that paper is here and it was co-written by Cardenas, Ricardo Dominguez, Amy Sara Carroll and Brett Stalbaum of the Electronic Disturbance Theater.

Here's the summary:

The Transborder Immigrant Tool: Violence, Solidarity and Hope in Post-NAFTA Circuits of Bodies Electr(on)/ic

Micha Cardenas, Amy Sara Carroll, Ricardo Dominguez, Brett Stalbaum
EDT, Calit2, B.A.N.G. Lab, UCSD/Michigan

This polyvocal, collectively authored paper describes ...

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B.A.N.G. Lab Researchers Summer Exhibitions

By Micha Cardenas

b.a.n.g. lab researchers at Calit2 have been very busy and have a handful of upcoming and recent exhibitions! Follow these links to find out more!



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Transborder Immigrant Tool tool at ISEA 2009


The Transborder Immigrant Tool will be exhibited in 'Space is the Place' exhibition at the Gallery of the National College of Art & Design in Dublin, as part of the program of ISEA 2009 which takes place in Belfast and Dublin Ireland this year. The exhibition will run from the 27th August - 1st September 2009. The exhibition includes a number of video poems written by Amy Sara Carroll and designed by Calit2 researchers Ricardo Dominguez, Micha Cardenas, and CRCA researcher Elle Mehrmand. The voice ...

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Micha Cardenas at Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics' Summer Encuentro 2009

By Micha Cardenas

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b.a.n.g. lab researcher Micha Cardenas will be presenting a workshop at this year's Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics (HEMI) Summer Encuentro in Bogota, Colombia. The title of her workshop is "New Hacktivism: From Electronic Civil Disobedience to Mixed Reality Performance". The outline for the workshop is below. The Encuentro's theme is "Staging Citizenship". From the description of the Encuentro: "Our 7th Encuentro invites interested participants to investigate "cultural rights" and their complex relationship to citizenship in both historical and contemporary contexts. We understand cultural rights as a juridical figure, a technology of power and an articulation that brings ...

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Ricardo Dominguez in Creative Fix

By Micha Cardenas

UCSD MFA candidate Sheryl Oring's project Creative Fix invites audience participants to record a short statement on how they would "fix the country". She then shares the videos for the public on YouTube.com. Watch this Creative Fix featuring Calit2 PI and UCSD Professor Ricardo Dominguez.


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Becoming Dragon at the I-5 Gallery in Los Angeles

By Micha Cardenas

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If you're in Los Angeles this weekend, come by the I-5 gallery in the Brewery Artist Complex and see a 25 minute documentation video of Becoming Dragon. In addition to Calit2/CRCA researcher Micha Cardenas, several UCSD MFA candidates including James Enos, Glenna Jennings and Clare Parry are also in the show. There will be two artist talks held to discuss the work in the show as well.

MFA Conversations Part II
At I-5 Gallery in the Brewery Artist Colony
July 17th, 2009 7PM to 10PM
July 17 to September 11, 2009
Artist Talks: July 25 and August 22
2PM to 4PM

Conversation: (NOUN) 1. An informal spoken exchange of thoughts and feelings; a familiar talk.
2. Social intercourse; close association. ...

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Slapshock by Elle Mehrmand and Micha Cardenas in LA Thurs Night

By Micha Cardenas

Slapshock is a performance using a Freeduino and an Arduino to create a pain sharing device. The performance, by CRCA researcher Elle Mehrmand and Calit2 researcher and Experimental Game Lab member Micha Cardenas, is an exploration of symbiotic relationality through pain, in which each performer slaps themself in turn causing the other performer to receive a painful electric shock.

The devices were created by Mehrmand and Cardenas using a Freeduino, an Aruino, piezo sensors and Transdermal Electro Nerve Stimulation (TENS) units. Mehrmand and Cardenas soldered the components together and programmed the microcontrollers to detect a slap through the piezo sensor and activate the TENS units when ...

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Freephone Art Project Provides Deported People with a Phone Call

By Micha Cardenas

Check out this project by Calit2 researchers Micha Cardenas and Chris Head, CRCA researcher Elle Mehrmand and UCSD MFA grads Katherine Sweetman, Felipe Zuniga and UCSD Undergrad alumni Camilo Ontiveros.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Freephone is an art project that aims to provide people just deported
from the US with a free phone call. To achieve this, a group of UCSD
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) students and graduates are coming together to
present the phone at the Lui Velazquez gallery in Tijuana, just a few feet
from the turnstiles where people who are deported are dropped off by the
border patrol. The project is by the artists Chris Head, Micha Cardenas,
Elle Mehrmand, Katherine Sweetman, ...

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UCSD Grad Student, Researcher awarded Emerging Fields Grant from UCIRA

By Micha Cardenas

UCSD Graduate Student in Visual Arts Elle Mehrmand and Calit2 Artist/Researcher Micha Cardenas were recently awarded the Emerging Fields Award grant from the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts. Their proposed project is called "mixed relations" and it explores mixed reality performance with two performers in actual and virtual space producing live audio. The timeline for the project includes workshops in the fall of 2009 and performances in the spring of 2010.

Read more about the project here:

mixed relations by Elle Mehrmand and Micha Cardenas

"The partners do not precede their relating: all that is, is the fruit of becoming with."
-Donna Haraway, When Species Meet

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Violence, Technology and Public Intervention

By Micha Cardenas

Come out to the auditorium at Calit2 tomorrow for this important symposium, including Calit2 researcher Micha Cardenas, UCSD Faculty Brian Goldfarb and numerous other UC faculty. The symposium is being held in conjunction with Carlos Trilnick's artwork on anti-personell mines in the gallery@calit2.





Violence, Technology and Public Intervention: Two UCDARnet Panels

http://ucdarnet.org/

April 24, 2009
From Noon to 5pm

Sponsored by UCDARnet and gallery@calit2
CALIT2/Atkinson Hall Black Box Theater
Free and Open to the Public
A Reception after the panels
For Directions and information: http://gallery.calit2.net

Noon -Introduction - Brian Goldfarb

12:10 - Carlos Trilnick - Keynote

12:30 - Panel ...

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Becoming Dragon at the New Media Lounge

By Micha Cardenas

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Becoming Dragon
a Project Discussion by Micha Cardenas


Wednesday, April 15, 2009 @ 6PM
Refreshments will be served.

Teleport to the performance in-world:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Seventh%20Eye/144/39/235

New Media Lounge / Cal(IT)2,
UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, California 92093

The New Media Lounge is excited to bring MFA Candidate, Micha Cardenas for an exclusive motion capture demonstration in the Performative Computing Lab at the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA). Micha will be discussing her recent project Becoming Dragon, a 365 hour, (2 week long) performance in Second Life. The performance is believed to be the first of its kind in Second Life, ...

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Becoming Dragon featured on the cover of San Diego Reader

By Micha Cardenas

bd-reader-cover.jpgPick up a copy of this week's San Diego Reader, the largest weekly publication in San Diego. Becoming Dragon, a project by myself and a number of other UCSD graduate and undergraduate students is featured on the cover. The project was supported by Calit2, CRCA and the UCSD Visual Arts department, which are all mentioned in the article. You can read the article online here as well. While I have my criticisms of the article, I appreciate that the author quoted me at length on the core issues of the performance.

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Calit2 Artists participate in Tijuana Art Initiative

By Micha Cardenas

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Calit2 affiliated artists Ricardo Dominguez and Micha Cardenas are both part of the Lui Velazquez gallery in Tijuana, which is opening their new space on Saturday, March 14th. Micha is part of the 3 person collective that curates the space including UCSD alumni Katherine Sweetman and Felipe Zuniga, while Ricardo makes up part of the recently formed advisory board. The initiative includes a number of other UCSD faculty, curators and scholars from the San Diego/Tijuana region. 

To celebrate the grand opening of their new location in Tijuana, Saturday night will also see the opening of a new exhibition entitled Intimate Simulations. The show explores the close relationship we have developed ...

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