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micha cárdenas on Tue, 4 Oct 2011 11:45:54 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime-ann> virus.circus Saturday in Toronto at the Toronto Free Gallery

If you're in Toronto Saturday, come see elle and I perform at the
Toronto Free Gallery! We're also doing a workshop from Mon-Wed.


by transgender performance and new media artists Micha Cardenas and
Elle Mehrmand
virus.circus is an episodic series of performances exploring a
speculative world of queer futures of latex sexuality and DIY medicine
in resistance to virus hysteria. The performances use wearable
electronics, soft sensors and live audio to bridge virtual and
physical spaces. The history of queer politics shows that the rhetoric
of viruses such as HIV are used to control marginalized populations,
while the present transnational politics of viruses such as H1N1
unearth the militarization of medical authority, microscopic
migrations and global inequities.

at Toronto Free Gallery

Saturday September 24, from 3 - 4 pm

digital event'11
Subversive Technologies
Curated by Arlan Londoño, with Gabriel Roldos and Federica Matelli
September 15 to October 2 of 2011

Opening reception:
September 15, from 6 - 9 pm

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.

This exhibition features new installations, performances and video art
works by about 20 artists from Canada and abroad. The art exhibition
will be presented in conjunction with conferences, workshops and live
media events, with curators and scholars from different countries.
Some of the main works and artists included in this exhibition are
Transborder Immigrant Tool a Mexico/U.S border disturbance art project
by Electronic Disturbance Theater / b.a.n.g lab presenterd in Toronto
by Ricardo Dominguez; Virus.circus.laboratory by transgender
performance and new media artists Micha Cardenas and Elle Mehrmand;
Dystorpia Project by local artists of No Media Collective; Activism
Beyond The Interface an itinerant production lab by Alessandra Renzi
and Roberta Buiani.  Also, Ulysses Castellanos, Sofia Escobar, Juan
David Casas, Miguel García, Angie Bonino, Ian Paul, Nacho Duran and
Balam Soto.

Performing The Body: Wearable Electronics, Sound And Erotics

by Micha Cardenas and Elle Mehrmand

In this workshop participants will create wearable electronics using
the lilypad arduino, sensors, and sound.  The workshop will consist of
three days including performance, Puredata (Pd-extended) and open
source electronics. Elle Mehrmand and Micha Cárdenas will share their
experiences developing performance art using these tools. Participants
will work towards developing a performance piece of their
own/collaboration, and will have an opportunity for performing at the
end of the workshop, if they choose to do so. To develop the
performances the workshop will entail performance exercises inspired
by Theater of the Oppressed, La Pocha Nostra and physical

Registration: In person at LIFT, Liason Of Independent Filmmakers Of Toronto,
1137 Dupont Street, M6H 2A3
by telephone with a credit card: 416 - 588 - 6444
>From Monday 26 to Wednesday 28 of September, 6 - 10 pm


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

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

HASTAC Scholar, http://hastac.org

blog: http://transreal.org

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