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UCIRA Artists Elle Mehrmand and Micha Cárdenas presenting performances, workshops and panels in Istanbul and Toronto

UCSD MFA Candidate Elle Mehrmand and UCSD MFA Micha Cárdenas, both
UCIRA Grantees, will be presenting performances, workshops and panels
in the next two weeks in Istanbul and Toronto. Read on for more details…

ISEA Istanbul: Queer Viralities: Resistant Practices in New Media Art and Philosophy

In this panel, we will focus on queer new media art and philosophy
that uses and intervenes into the viral to form a radical politics of
revolt and utopia. The viral will be engaged with technically,
philosophically, artistically, biologically, and affectively.

Dates:  Tuesday, 20 September, 2011 – 13:00 – 14:30

Chair Person:  Zach Blas

Presenters:  Elle Mehrmand
Micha Cárdenas

Location:  Sabanci Center Room 4
Sabanci Center, Levent

The intensification and proliferation of global connectivity has
opened digital networked culture to universal contagion. Indeed, it
has been argued we now live in a viral ecology under the sign of viral
capitalism. As viralities spread into various realms of culture, new
media artists explore the viral as that which has the ability to
control and restrict as well as distribute and liberate.

Our current viral ecology has opened up new tactics of resistance for
various artists, activists, and cultural producers. In this panel, we
will focus on queer new media art and philosophy that uses and
intervenes into the viral to form a radical politics of revolt and
utopia. The viral will be engaged with technically, philosophically,
artistically, biologically, and affectively. Our aim is to show that
while viral rhetoric and discourses have marginalized and controlled
queer populations, the viral remains an allusive, volatile potential
that can be experimented with toward creating new queer politics and
worlds.

Blas, Cárdenas, and Mehrmand will give theoretical artist talks, and
Skanse will follow with a philosophical response to the viral in media
theory.

Cárdenas and Mehrmand will discuss their current collaboration
virus.cirus, an episodic series of performances using wearable
electronics and live audio to bridge virtual and physical spaces that
explores queer futures of latex sexuality amidst a speculative world
of virus hysteria and DIY medicine. Blas will speak on new works from
his ongoing Queer Technologies project that attempt to formulate a
viral aesthetics based on a replicating difference of
never-being-the-sameness against capital’s own modulating structure.
Skanse will address new directions in viral philosophy with particular
concern for how this perpetual ‘movement’ of the virus is tied to
notions of novelty within contemporary aesthetic discourse.

For paper abstracts and images, see:

http://isea2011.sabanciuniv.edu/panel/queer-viralities-resistant-practices-new-media-art-philosophy

ISEA Istanbul: Virtual Doppelgangers Embodiment, Morphogenesis, and
Transversal Action

The session will address both artworks and theoretical frameworks that
engage our replicated bodies, the affective relations they create, and
transversal effects across multiple environments, platforms, and
physical appearances.

Dates:  Saturday, 17 September, 2011 – 13:00 – 14:30

Chair: Prof. Patrick Lichty
2nd Chair: Prof. Susan Elizbeth Ryan

Presenters:  Gregory Little
Elle Mehrmand
Micha Cárdenas
Stephanie Rothenberg

In 1969 Gilles Deleuze theorized the “BwO” or Body Without Organs (in
The Logic of the Sense, after Artaud’s original term). It refers to
the virtual dimension of the body and its potentials, likened to the
egg as site of embodiment (in Deleuze and Guattari’s Anti-Oedipus)—a
set of multiple potentialities as well as dysfunctional repetitions.
In this panel we seek to explore the relations between fleshly bodies
and digitized ones as sites of embodiment for our current,
informatically energized existences.

From Facebook relationships to performances in Second Life, many of us
experience various parts of our lives virtually today. But how are
these experiences absorbed into our so-called “real lives”?  In what
ways do our virtual and physical spaces intersect—are they
agglomerated realities (Haraway), or embedded in some ontological
continuum? There have been controversies and supporting studies (esp.
concerning virtual games) suggesting that excess social mediation is
harmful towards our “sense of reality” and ability to interact in
society. But researchers of virtual life like Nick Yee (Director of
the Daedalus Project survey of MMO players) have shown that avatar
experiences positively affect our physical lives and personalities.
Still, new research supports old wisdom that too much virtuality is
harmful toward our “sense of reality” and ability to interact in
society. How are we to think about our bodies and their virtual
doubles?

Artists and designers know the metaphysics of the BwO. They have
created innovative ways to explore how virtual experiences can
radically transform our real-world identities, as with Micha
Cárdenas’s Becoming Dragon (2008); or socioeconomically impact the
physical world, as did Rothenberg and Crouse’s Invisible
Threads/DoubleHappiness Jeans project (2007-8). The session will
address both artworks and theoretical frameworks that engage our
replicated bodies, the affective relations they create, and
transversal effects across multiple environments, platforms, and
physical appearances.

For images and paper abstracts, see:
http://isea2011.sabanciuniv.edu/panel/virtual-doppelgangers-embodiment-morphogenesis-and-transversal-action

e_fagia: Digital Event ‘11: Subversive Technologies

Curated by Arlan Londoño, with Gabriel Roldos and Federica Matelli
September 15 to October 2 of 2011

Toronto Free Gallery
1277 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M4E 2J8
Gallery Hours:
Wednesday-Friday 12-5pm
Saturday 12-6pm

This year’s Digital Event Subversive Technologies investigates how
artists respond to communication technology as one of the major
sources of power in contemporary societies. During the last few years
we have seen an increase in web and electronic artists and activists
that use digital tools to create an impact on their societies or to
register social unrest. The artists participating in Subversive
Technologies use communication, information and networking
technologies as a tool to reject control society, in an attempt to
liberate bodies across spaces/territories, and across social and
political categories.

Digital Event’11 features three installations, as well as web art,
performances and video art works by more than 20 artists from canada
and abroad. The art exhibition will be presented in conjunction with
conferences, workshops and live media events by artists, curators,
activists and scholars from different disciplines. Some of the artists
present in this event are Ricardo Dominguez, Micha Cardenas, Elle
Mehrmand, No Media Collective, Alessandra Renzi, Roberta Buiani,
Ulysses Castellanos, Sofia Escobar, Juan David Casas, Miguel García,
Angie Bonino, Ian Paul, Nacho Duran and Balam Soto.

Opening reception:
September 15, from 6 – 9 pm
Featuring an artist talk by Ricardo Dominguez and a media installation
by No Media Collective.

Artist talks:
We are proud to present Ricardo Dominguez, co-founder of The
Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT), past co-director of Thing
(post.thing.net), and past member of Critical Art Ensemble (CAE).

Tuesday september 13, from 7:30 – 9 pm
Auditorium, OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON, M5T 1W1
Co-presented by the Faculty of Art, OCAD University as part of Art
Creates Change: The Kym Pruesse Speaker Series.

Thursday September 15, 6 – 7 pm
At Toronto Free Gallery

Live Streaming
by No Media Collective
Thursday September 15, from 6 – 9 pm
Saturday September 17, and 24, from 2 – 5 pm
Saturday October 1, from 2 – 5 pm

Performances:

Reverse Apotheosis: End of The World a performance and new media
presentation by Ulysses Castellanos, Sofia Escobar and Juan David
Casas curated by Gabriel Roldos from Fluid New Media Lab, New York,
USA.
Saturday September 17, from 2 – 3 pm

Virus.circus.laboratory by transgender performance and new media
artists Micha Cardenas and Elle Mehrmand
Saturday September 24, from 2 – 3 pm
All performances will be presented at Toronto Free Gallery

Workshops:

From Html Conceptualism to Transborder Disturbances
by Ricardo Dominguez
At 80 Gould Street, Room 202, Rogers Communications Centre Ryerson University
With the support of The Infoscape Centre For The Study Of Social
Media, Ryerson University
Monday 12, Wednesday 14, and Friday 16 of September
from 5 – 8 pm

Performing The Body: Wearable Electronics, Sound And Erotics
by Micha Cardenas and Elle Mehrmand
At LIFT, Liason Of Independent Filmmakers Of Toronto
1137 Dupont Street, M6H 2A3
From Monday 26 to Wednesday 28 of September, 6 – 10 pm

Activism Beyond The Interface an itinerant production lab
by Alessandra Renzi and Roberta Buiani
At toronto Free Gallery
One day workshop and performance on October 1,
from 12 – 4 pm

On Screen:
Political Subversion, a curatorial video project presented by Federica
Matelli from Liminalb,  Barcelona, Spain that includes the following
program:

Monography
by Angie Bonino
Saturday September 17, from 2 – 3 pm

Interferences
by Miguel García
Saturday September 24, from 2 – 3 pm

Digital Event’11 is possible thanks to the support from: Canada
Council For The Arts, The Toronto Free Gallery, Tinto Coffee House,
aluCine Festival And OCAD University. We would also like to
acknowledge the support from the artists Ricardo Rozental, Edgardo
Moreno and Rodrigo Hernandez, and all the volunteers that have made
this possible


micha cárdenas
PhD Student, Media Arts and Practice, School of Cinematic Arts,
University of Southern California
Provost Fellow, University of Southern California

Co-Author, Trans Desire / Affective Cyborgs, Atropos Press, http://is.gd/daO00

blog: http://transreal.org

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