[NetBehaviour] for ada lovelace

dj lotu5 lotu5 at resist.ca
Tue Mar 31 04:19:49 CEST 2009

I was so excited to see this, as I'm always filling in my students about 
ada lovelace, who seems to get left out somehow of our "introduction to 
computing and the arts" class, often, or only brielfy mentioned...

So I signed up for the list. But I'm not a woman, I'm transgender. I 
don't identify as a man or a woman, but I guess you could say I'm mtf, 
in permanent transition. So, if you want a submission from a femme 
transgirl, here goes...

my name - micha cárdenas

i'm interested in the interplay of the body, technology and biopolitics. 
i did a performance called Becoming Dragon in dec 2008. just finishing 
up my mfa at ucsd, just started working in sheldon brown's experimental 
game lab.

url - http://technotrannyslut.com | http://secondloop.wordpress.com

inspired by... so many women, but i guess here are the main ones... many 
of whom are already probably mentioned but i can add why for me.

avital ronell - http://as.nyu.edu/object/avitalronell.html - philosopher 
of technology, for being my friend and mentor, ever so briefly, one 
summer at EGS, and a massive inspiration who turned my whole idea of 
knowledge and thought and ways of approaching politics upside down and 
inside out. i can't even describe how much i owe to her...

Allucquere Rosanne (Sandy) Stone - http://sandystone.com - another 
philosopher of technology, another amazing woman who i met at EGS who 
was so supportive of me throughout my 15 immersive performance of 
Becoming Dragon, being more than generous, providing guidance, wisdom 
and grounding, and for thinking through the questions of online worlds 
and gender so long before i even started considering them, and for so 
generously providing me with personal advice about transitioning that 
was so valuable to me.

adriene jenik - http://adrienejenik.net - networked performance artist, 
creator of distributed social cinema - adriene is one of the main 
reasons i am even in grad school and decided to dedicate myself to being 
an artist and has also been so, so generous and giving throughout my 
years working with and knowing her. her warmth along with her deep, deep 
knowledge of new media art has guided me so much. she has been one of 
the main people in my life to really educate me about feminism.

orlan - http://orlan.net/ - for not being afraid to find the limits of 
merging the body and technology, orlan is the artist who has inspired me 
most. i think her work is a shining example and challenge to artists' 
commitment everywhere.

donna haraway - another massive inspiration for how i think about 
politics and technology and the body who's thinking on interspecies and 
transspecies relationships helped me develop my own ideas in my work.

beatriz da costa - bioartist, interspcies collaborator - 
http://www.beatrizdacosta.net/ - for making so much inspiring bioart, 
for the brilliant, brilliant term Tactical Biopolitics, for her guidance 
in one short studio visit about Becoming Dragon which helped me reframe 
my approach to the whole project, and which has turned out to me a great 

elle mehrmand - http://visarts.ucsd.edu/something-happening/?author=18 | 
http://myspace.com/assemblyofmazes (that's her band, but she's working 
on a website soon) -my closest and dearest friend right now, a brilliant 
new media performance artist and beautiful, strong, brave ally.

subrosa - http://cyberfeminism.net/ - for their brilliant linking of 
witchhunts, queer and gender variant persecution and feminine knowledge 
production in Yes Species.

probably not surprising, but its my personal list...


micha cárdenas
performance / social media / public culture

C(a)lit2 Researcher, http://bang.calit2.net
CRCA Researcher, http://crca.ucsd.edu
MFA Candidate, UCSD, http://visarts.ucsd.edu
MA, EGS, http://egs.edu

blog: http://bang.calit2.net/tt

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