Trans* Speaker Series: 'Poetic Operations'
March 22, 2017
UMass Amherst Campus
"Poetic Operations: Creative Strategies for Resisting Fascism in the US," is the topic to be addressed by micha cárdenas of the University of Washington Bothell.
The current historical moment sees the unelected Trump administration directing unprecedented levels of violence and discrimination towards Muslims, LGBTQ people, black people, women, disabled people and many more groups. Yet still, before Trump's election, 2016 was the deadliest year for trans* people in the US. In many ways, the current moment extends the violence of cis-heteropatriarchy, settler colonialism and anti-blackness.
In this talk, micha cárdenas will discuss the strategies used in her artwork to reduce violence and increase health for marginalized groups including trans women of color, gender non-conforming people, Black people and women more broadly. cárdenas has theorized these strategies as a trans of color poetics, a poetics of life and death that uses media and performance to respond to the ongoing necropolitical reality, in which governments maintain sovereignty through the promise of life for certain groups and the guarantee of death for other groups. cárdenas' recent projects include #stronger, promoting health for trans and gender non-conforming people through digital technology and #boundariesproject, which makes cybersecurity techniques more accessible to people affected by violence today. These recent projects have been developed in cárdenas' lab at the University of Washington Bothell, the Poetic Operations Collaborative.
micha cárdenas is assistant professor of interdisciplinary arts & sciences and interactive media design at the University of Washington Bothell, where she also directs the Poetic Operations Collaborative, a design research lab. Cárdenas is an artist/theorist who creates media art to reduce violence and increase health. Her book manuscript, "Shifting Poetics," is currently under review and uses practice-based research to understand trans of color movement—including migration, performance, and mobility—in digital media. cárdenas’s co-authored books "The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities" (2012) and "Trans Desire / Affective Cyborgs" (2010) were published by Atropos Press.
Organized by the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies with support from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the Provost's Office.