Micha Cardenas

Micha Cardenas

Micha Cardenas

Micha Cardenas

Becoming Dragon questions the one-year requirement of 'Real Life Experience' that transgender people must fulfill in order to receive Gender Confirmation Surgery, and asks if this could be replaced by one year of 'Second Life Experience' to lead to Species Reassignment Surgery. For the performance, Micha Cárdenas lived for 365 hours immersed in the online 3D environment of Second Life with a head mounted display, only seeing the physical world through a video feed, and with a motion capture system to map her movements into Second Life. During the year of research and development of this project, Micha began her real life hormone replacement therapy and wrote poetry and prose about the experience on her blog, http://technotrannyslut.com.

Micha Cárdenas / dj lotu5 / Azdel Slade is an MFA candidate at the University of California San Diego. Micha holds a Master's degree in Media and Communications with distinction from the European Graduate School and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Florida International University. She is a researcher at CalIT2 and the Center for Research in Computnig and the Arts. Her interests include the interplay of technology, gender, sex, desire and resistance. Micha is a transgender artist, theorist and trouble maker. She is a founding member of a number of art/activism collectives including Sharing Is Sexy, the borderlands Hacklab and the City Heights Free Skool. Her work has been exhibited internationally at museums, galleries, conferences, community spaces and public spaces. She recently joined the Lui Velazquez Gallery collective as a member and curator.

Artists

Shane Anderson
Robert Becraft
Susy Bielak
Crystal Z Campbell
Micha Cardenas
Mauricio Chernovetzky
Lili Chin
Ted Chung
Leigh Cole
Matthew Coors
Micki Davis
Noah Doely
Rob Duarte
Monica Duncan
James Enos
Kael Greco
Chris Head
Nico Herbst
Glenna Jennings
Merve Kayan
Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli
Vince Manganello

Esteban Martinez
Dolissa Medina
Elle Mehrmand
Gretchen Mercedes
Charles G Miller
Jesse Mockrin
Zac Monday
Zac Kime Montanaro
Sheryl Oring
Clare Parry
Omar Pimienta
Brianna Rigg
Lesha Rodriguez
Louis M. Schmidt
Tim Schwartz
Jerry Truong
Yvonne Venegas
Julia Westerbeke
David White
Andrew Wilson
Suzanne Wright
Claire Zitzow