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UCIRA Artist Micha Cárdenas presenting at Speculative at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and CCS Symposium at USC

Speculative at LACE
Thursday 28 July, 2011 (7-9pm)

Join Zach Blas and Christopher O’Leary, the curators of Speculative, a group exhibition currently on view at LACE, for a conversation with artists and theorists Jordan Crandall, Judith “Jack” Halberstam and Rita Raley, along with Speculative artists Jeff Cain, Micha Cardenas and Michael Kontopoulos. The talk starts at 7:00 p.m., and the exhibition, which “focuses on new modes of art making and of presentation with an emphasis on the experiential, subversive and tactical potentials for art in the 21st century,” will be on view through August 28, 2011.Purchase an online copy of the exhibition catalogue from Lulu here.

CCS Symposium at USC
Announcing the CCS Symposium 2011!
Wednesday, August 3rd, USC 11-430pm
Location: Institute for Multimedia Literacy, USC

Over the past year, humanities inquiry into computer source code, known as Critical Code Studies, has grown rapidly.  This summer a symposium will take up the most pressing topics in CCS as a series of open discussions.  Please join us Wednesday, August 3rd, 11:00-4:30pm at USC’s Institute for Multimedia Literacy, for an afternoon of discussion.

The event is the first major forum sponsored by the newly formed Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab at USC together with the Institute for Multimedia Literacy, NEH Vectors-CTS Summer Institute, and the Center for Transformative Scholarship.

The topics include:
1. Bridging Humanities and Computer Science
2. Useful methodologies and heuristics for approaching code
3. Code as Process (not just object): documentation and humanist-technologist collaborations
4. Project proposals: The near future of CCS

Current participants include, the HACCS LAB members, Zach Blas, micha cárdenas, Daniel Chamberlain, Scott Dexter, Jeremy Douglass, Dennis Jerz, Virginia Kuhn, Elizabeth Losh, Todd Millstein, Jessica Pressman, Brett Stalbaum

Please join us for this free public event. The event will also be streamed live and archived.

About Micha Cárdenas:
Micha Cárdenas/ Azdel Slade is an artist/theorist whose work spans from erotic mixed reality performance in motion capture studios to dislocative border disturbance art in remote desert areas, always striving to find limits and challenge them. Her transreal work mixes physical and networked spaces in order to explore emerging forms of queer relationality, biopolitics and DIY horizontal knowledge production. She is a Lecturer in the Visual Arts department at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She is an Artist/Researcher in the Experimental Game Lab at CRCA and the b.a.n.g. lab at Calit2. Micha holds an MFA from UCSD, an MA in Media and Communications with distinction from the European Graduate School and a BS in Computer Science from FIU. She has exhibited and performed in Los Angeles, Tijuana, New York, San Francisco, Montreal, Egypt, Ecuador, Spain, Ireland and many other places. Micha’s work has been written about in publications including the LA Times, CNN, BBC World, Associated Press and Rolling Stone Italy. Read more at

(photo: Jeff Cain Speculative)

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