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PUNK ASS QUEERS

Queer intersects Punk and DIY in this spatial and temporal exploration of radical queer narratives and DIY performance art in the Inland Empire.
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WITHRAQUEL GUTIERREZ
MICHA CARDENAS

Raquel Gutiérrez

Raquel Gutiérrez

Raquel Gutiérrez (b. 1976, Los Angeles, California) cut her teeth on Los Angeles performance art when she interned and house managed at Highways Performance Space in the year 2000. Raquel is a performance writer, playwright, and cultural organizer, studied in university settings and performed in a variety of locations, like the Salvadoran countryside, cabarets, galleries, San Antonio, more universities, Pico-Union, etc. In 2001, Gutiérrez was one of the co-founding members of the performance ensemble, Butchlalis de Panochtitlan (BdP), a community-based and activist-minded group aimed at creating a visual vernacular around queer Latinidad in Los Angeles. Raquel also co-founded other queer women of color projects and Latino projects, Tongues, A Project of VIVA and Epicentro Poetry project. Raquel has published work in Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing (edited by Lázaro Lima and Felice Picano), Los Angeles Weekly, Make/shift magazine, Journal of Chicana/Latina Studies, and Izote Vos: Salvadoran American Literary and Visual Art (published by SF’s Pacific News Service). Currently, Raquel is in the Community Scholars program through the UCLA School of Urban Planning and is also the Manager of Community Partnerships for Cornerstone Theater Company, a leader in community-based theater-making in the United States.

micha cardenas

micha cardenas

Micha Cárdenas is an artist/theorist who works in performance, wearable electronics, hacktivism and critical gender studies. She is a PhD student in Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) at University of Southern California and a member of Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0. Her book The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities, published by Atropos Press in 2012, discusses artists’ strategies for using multiple realities, such as augmented, mixed and alternate reality, and the intersection of those strategies with the politics of gender, in a transnational context. She blogs at transreal.org and tweets at @michacardenas.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/163496660/local-autonomy-networks-find-each-other/widget/card.html

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A QUEER YOUTH VISIBILITY PROJECT (QYVP) FUNDRAISER
The Inland Empire QYVP seeks to help local queer and trans* youth gain visibility,community, resources and empowerment through Do It Y(our)self efforts and media.

Suggested at door donation of $5

http://www.facebook.com/IEQYVP
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TIKAL BAKERY
Please support Tikal Bakery by ordering from their selection of Guatemalan bread and cuisine, before and after the event. The bakery offers a wide selection of vegan and vegetarian items.

Friday, June 8, 2012 7:30pm
Tikal Bakery 3975 Mission Inn Ave Riverside CA, 92501

iMappening

 

The Interdivisional Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) PhD program in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California will be holding their annual showcase event, iMappening 2012, on May 9th and 10th, 2012 from 10am-5pm. The event will take place at Fox Stage 3, SCX-105,  in the School of Cinematic Arts, and will include exhibits and talks from the artists, designers, and scholars of the iMAP program. This year, iMappening will include a gallery exhibition with an opening reception and a series of lectures with invited critics. “iMappening is open to the public in order to bring awareness about the iMAP program and showcase the important ongoing work being done in iMAP, a hybrid PhD program supported by all of the branches of the School of Cinematic Arts,” said Andreas Kratky, Acting Program Director for iMAP.

Rosetta Stones by VJ Um Amel

“USC’s iMAP program is on the cutting edge of new media art and design research and digital scholarship, one of only a handful of PhD programs that combine digital theory and practice,” said Jeanne Jo, an iMAP Student who will be finishing in 2014. Bringing together all the strengths of a world class school of cinema with innovations in art, science and technology, iMAP students work in emerging fields including critical design, networked performance, serious games, social media analytics, data visualization, wearable electronics, non-linear narrative cinema, immersive cinema, digital media and learning and database documentary.

MARRA by Jeanne Jo

Projects to be featured at this year’s iMappening span a broad range of practices. VJ Um Amel’s R-Shief project visualizes a massive database of tweets of the arab intifadas. Lauren Fenton’s dissertation project PolyAngylene is an interactive themed environment that employs expressive physical computing devices and projection mapping as platforms for a narrative about the future of urban space. Joshua McVeigh-Schultz’s project experiments with audience-driven tele-spectacle. Micha Cárdenas’ Local Autonomy Networks aims to create mesh networked wearable electronic garments to prevent violence against women, LGBTQI people, people of color and other groups who continue to survive violence on a daily basis. Diego Costa’s Matricídio appropriates the theory-practice methodological ethos of psychoanalysis (the après-coup, the slip of the tongue, the dreamwork) into a queer cinematic language. Clea T. Waite’s ν descending is an homage to Marcel Duchamp’s seminal work realized as a virtual, interactive, cinema-painting in stereoscopic 3D. Rosemary Comella’s video, Garin Park, explores how the use of image stabilization and image warping affects “the trace of the real” often associated with documentary filmmaking.  Kristy Kang’s project is an online cultural history exploring identity formation and place making in the multi-ethnic community of Los Angeles’ Koreatown. Gabriel Peters-Lazaro will share video from the Junior AV Club, an ongoing project exploring the use of digital media technologies as tools for early childhood learning. Adam Liszkiewicz’s Selected Games offers an alternate take on the common video game tropes of realism, violence, and control. Jeff Watson’s Reality Ends Here is an underground alternate reality game played by students at the School of Cinematic Arts involving collaboration, strategy, and artistic experimentation.

PolyAngylene by Lauren Fenton

Talks at iMappening will cover a broad range of interventions into the intersections of critical theory and digital practices. The topics to be covered include “Forget Theory: The Psychoanalytic As Queer Practice and Creative Research” by Diego Costa, “Multimodal Survivals: Vernacular Preservations and Media Design” by Veronica Paredes, “Experience Design and the Practice of Themed Space” by Lauren Fenton, “Redesigning Civic Rituals: social games and new models of participation” by Joshua McVeigh Shultz, “Reality Ends Here: Transforming Community Through Pervasive Play” by Jeff Watson, “The Seoul of Los Angeles: Contested Identities and Transnationalism in Immigrant Space” by Kristy Kang and more.

Bullet Hell by Adam Liszkiewicz and Anton Hand

The exhibition opens on Wednesday, May 9th from 6-9pm. The public exhibition will be open also on Thursday from 10am-7pm. Panels will take place from 10am to 3:30pm, in the form of fifteen minute talks with a question and answer session at the end.

For media inquiries and questions, contact M. Cárdenas at 619-847-4885,mmcarden@usc.edu or L. Fenton 323-317-2355lfenton1@gmail.com. More information about the program is available at http://imap.usc.edu.

Local Autonomy Networks by Micha Cárdenas

 

Opening May 9th from 6-9pm, panels and exhibition May 10th, 2012, from 10am-7pm

Where: USC School of Cinematic Arts
Fox Stage 3, SCX-105
930 W. 34th St., SCA 110, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211

Contact: M. Cárdenas, 619-847-4885mmcarden@usc.edu

  L. Fenton, 323-317-2355lfenton1@gmail.com

WANDERLUST writers of latina/o and queer extractions HIGHWAYS PERFORMANCE SPACE

My dear friend, Micha Cardenas, is doing a reading from her book, The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities, Fri and Sat at Highways with a great group of performers.   Raquel Gutierrez, another of my favorite queer writers and performance artists is curating this amazing evening of queer latin voices.

Highways Performance Space@ 18th St. Arts Center 1651 18th Street|Santa Monica, CA 904041/2 block north of Olympic Blvd.
friday + saturday APRIL 20+21, 2012 at 8:30pm
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highways performance space + lambda literary present

WANDERLUST
curated by raquel gutiérrez
writers of latino/a and queer extractions
make the specter of place known through
word, as they shepherd us in and guide us
through radical spatial narratives that weave
in tales of sexualized citizenry, gendered
candor and transnational desires.
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WITH

CHARLES RICE-GONZALEZ (April 21 only)
SUSANA COOK
MARCELA FUENTES
RAFA ESPARZA + LUIS FLORES
FRANK GALARTE
MICHA CARDENAS
RAQUEL GUTIERREZ

Charles Rice-González, born in Puerto Rico and reared in the Bronx, is a writer, long-time community and LGBT activist and Executive Director of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. He received a B.A. in Communications from Adelphi University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College. His debut novel, Chulito, was released in October 2011, and he co-edited, with Charlie Vázquez, From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction released in August 2011. He is also an award-winning playwright and serves on the boards of the Bronx Council on the Arts and the National Association of Latino Art and Cultures.

Born in Argentina, Susana Cook is a New York based playwright, director and performer who has been presenting innovative works internationally for over 20 years.

She has performed in Spain, France, India, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Canada and at several colleges and universities around the country.

Some of her latest shows are : The Homophobes, a clown show, The Fury of The Gods, Homeland Insecurities, The idiot King, The Values Horror Show, 100 Years of Attitude, Dykenstein, Hamletango, Prince of Butches, Gross National Product, Hot Tamale, Conga Guerrilla Forest, The Fraud, Butch Fashion Show in the Femme Auto Body Shop, Rats and Tango Lesbiango.

She is the recipient of several fellowships and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Arts International, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, The Franklin Furnace Archives, The Puffin Foundation and INTAR.

Rafael Esparza is a multidisciplinary artist living and working out of Los Angeles.
An investigation of (non)personal histories that have constructed existing ideas surrounding the body weave in and out his body of work. He is invested in creating
and experiencing moments in time inaccessible to him using ritual and installation; and credits this interest as the primary inspiration for his performances. Rafa earned his B.A. in art from UCLA, has exhibited, performed and also collaborated with other artists in various venues throughout Los Angeles.

Luis Flores

My work seeks to shed light on topics that are often ignored with blindly accepted norms, topics
that trigger unconscious and automatic responses to preconceived expectations or beliefs about
particular situations. I seek to break stereotypes with which I am often labeled and to which I am
confined or restricted. It is my hope to challenge viewers’ reactions and elicit self-reflection on how the environment has contributed to their conditioned self and how they continue to perpetuate a situation consistent with their preconceptions.

Marcela Fuentes (marshagall) is a performance scholartist from Argentina. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she teaches, writes, and performs on topics such as transnationalism, new forms of political engagement, and artistic responses to crises.

J. Frank Galarte was born and raised in Brawley, California. He recently received his PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and is currently a visiting professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. He is currently working on a book manuscript based on this dissertation entitled, “El Sabor del Amor y del Dolor: Affect, Violence and the (Trans)Body in the Chican@ Historical Imaginary”. His research interests are in Chicana@ Studies, Queer Studies, Affect Studies and Transgender Studies. His obsessions are mozz, chavela vargas, oldies and finding the right pomade for his pompadour.

Micha Cárdenas is an artist/theorist who works in performance, wearable electronics, hacktivism and critical gender studies. She is a PhD student in Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) at University of Southern California and a member of Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0. Her book The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities, published by Atropos Press in 2012, discusses artists’ strategies for using multiple realities, such as augmented, mixed and alternate reality, and the intersection of those strategies with the politics of gender, in a transnational context. She blogs at transreal.org and tweets at @michacardenas.

Raquel Gutiérrez (b. 1976, Los Angeles, California) cut her teeth on Los Angeles performance art when she interned and house managed at Highways Performance Space in the year 2000. Raquel is a performance writer, playwright, and cultural organizer, studied in university settings and performed in a variety of locations, like the Salvadoran countryside, cabarets, galleries, San Antonio, more universities, Pico-Union, etc. In 2001, Gutiérrez was one of the co-founding members of the performance ensemble, Butchlalis de Panochtitlan (BdP), a community-based and activist-minded group aimed at creating a visual vernacular around queer Latinidad in Los Angeles. Raquel also co-founded other queer women of color projects and Latino projects, Tongues, A Project of VIVA and Epicentro Poetry project. Raquel has published work in Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing (edited by Lázaro Lima and Felice Picano), Los Angeles Weekly, Make/shift magazine, Journal of Chicana/Latina Studies, and Izote Vos: Salvadoran American Literary and Visual Art (published by SF’s Pacific News Service). Currently, Raquel is in the Community Scholars program through the UCLA School of Urban Planning and is also the Manager of Community Partnerships for Cornerstone Theater Company, a leader in community-based theater-making in the United States.

Tickets $20/$15 buy them here:

http://highwaysperformance.org/highways/performance/latinao-queer-literary-series-1-wanderlust/

Flyers here: http://www.facebook.com/events/392497744111378/

DEATH OF MY DAUGHTER: Photo & Video Installation including A NIGHT OF TRANS-ANARCHISM

ImageGallery exhibition by Leon Mostovoy: Death Of My Daughter “Death of My Daughter” is about the role of gender, and gender roles, in contemporary U.S. society.
A NIGHT OF TRANS-ANARCHISM: a night of performance art by and film by transgender artists featuring: Talia Bettcher, Pony Lee Estrange, Metahuman, aka Kalil Cohen, Micha Cardenas, Deb Simone, Allison Wyper,  Natalie Rosen and  Leon Wu.
Dir Debra Simon's FFS: FACE FOR SALE BITCH BITCH BITCH

Dir Debra Simon's FFS: FACE FOR SALE BITCH BITCH BITCH

I was fortunate enough to  work on two of the films  screening tonight, in the role of  art director on Kalil Cohen’s film “So PoMo” and camera person and key bloody bandage sniffer on  Debra Simone’s film FFS: Face For Sale BITCH BITCH BITCH.

Debra’s film is a documentary we shot when we went to Boston to get her facial feminization surgery and I was her caretaker. Debra told me we were making a youtube video, I think so that I wouldn’t be quite so nervous about being the camera person. It worked.

Kalil’s film is a campy music video about a gender queer trans woman who finds herself in the utopia of a PoMoSexual college.  I hope you’ll be able to come out and enjoy the awesome night of film and performance.

Opening gallery reception at 7:00 pm followed by A Night Of Trans-Anarchism starting at 8:30pm
Highways Performance Space & Gallery. 1651 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Still For Kalil Cohen's "So Pomo" Music Video Featuring Afrodisiac, Devin Tait, Ofelia Del CorazonImage

Micha Cardenas “Transreal: Political Aesthetics Of Crossing Realities” Book Launch Party At One Archives With Introduction by Jack Halberstam

Micha Cardenas The Transreal Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities

Micha Cardenas The Transreal Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities

I became interested in Micha’s work when I learned about the TransBorder Immigrant Tool. I became smitten with the artist herself 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 recognized her from the videos.  I watched her short curls bounce around her face as her hips swayed to the beat of 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 Michae Cardenas as we celebrate the release of her new book The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities. There will be a introduction by the brilliant 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
6pm-7:30pm
One Institute Gay and Lesbian Archives

909 W. Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007

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.