Micha Cárde­nas, Ph.D. , first generation Colombian American. Assistant Professor of Art & Design: Games + Playable Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, USA.


Micha Cárde­nas is an artist/the­o­rist whose tran­sreal work mixes phys­i­cal and net­worked spaces in order to ex­plore emerg­ing forms of queer re­la­tion­al­ity, biopol­i­tics, and DIY hor­i­zon­tal knowl­edge pro­duc­tion. She will be start­ing her PhD study at Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s Media Arts (US) and Prac­tice PhD pro­gram in Fall 2011 and is cur­rently the In­terim As­so­ci­ate Di­rec­tor of Art and Tech­nol­ogy for UCSD’s Sixth Col­lege in the Cul­ture, Art and Tech­nol­ogy pro­gram. She was pre­vi­ously a lec­turer in the Vi­sual Arts de­part­ment and Crit­i­cal Gen­der Stud­ies pro­gram at UCSD. She is an artist/re­searcher with the UCSD School of Med­i­cine, CRCA and the b.a.n.g. lab at Cal­it2.

Her re­cent pub­li­ca­tions in­clude Trans De­sire/Af­fec­tive Cy­borgs, with Bar­bara Fornssler, from At­ro­pos Press, “I am Tran­sreal” in Gen­der Out­laws: The Next Gen­er­a­tion from Seal Press, and “Becom­ing Dragon: A Trans­ver­sal Tech­nol­ogy Study” in Code Drift from CThe­ory. Her col­lab­o­ra­tion with Elle Mehrmand, “Mixed Re­la­tions,” was the re­cip­i­ent of the UCIRA Emerg­ing Fields Award for 2009. She has ex­hib­ited and per­formed in bi­en­ni­als, mu­se­ums and gal­leries in cities around the world in­clud­ing Los An­ge­les, Ti­juana, New York, San Fran­cisco, Mon­treal, Alexan­dria, Egypt, Bo­gota, Colom­bia, Malaga, Spain, Saas-Fee, Switzer­land and Dublin, Ire­land. Her work has been writ­ten about in pub­li­ca­tions in­clud­ing Art21, the As­so­ci­ated Press, the LA Times, CNN, BBC World and Wired.