Micha Cárdenas / dj lotu5 / Azdel Slade is a transgender artist, theorist and trouble maker. She will be a Lecturer in the Visual Arts department at UCSD in Fall of 2009. She is an Artist/Researcher at the Experimental Game Lab at CRCA and the b.a.n.g. lab at CalIT2. Her interests include the interplay of technology, gender, sex and biopolitics. She blogs at Transreal.org Micha holds an MFA from the University of California San Diego, an MA in Media and Communications with distinction from the European Graduate School and a BS in Computer Science from Florida International University.
Micha’s performances, videos and collaborations have been seen in galleries, community spaces and public spaces around the world including the Los Angeles Convention Center at Supersonic 2009, the Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum in Alexandria, Egypt, The University of Texas at Dallas, El Centro Cultural de Tijuana (CECUT), the 2008 Whitney Biennial, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Artivistic 2007 in Montreal, Eyebeam NYC and the Gallery@Calit2, the US/Mexico border checkpoint during the Political Equator II, The Art and Social Space Laboratory at the Central Bank Museum of Ecuador, The Gallery Project in Ann Arbor, the Marcuse Gallery at UCSD, the Steinmatte at the European Graduate School, the Rubber Rose Gallery, The Voz Alta Project, freEtech 2007, the Casa de Iniciativas in Málaga, Spain, the Americas Social Forum in Quito, Ecuador and the Seoul Human Rights festival as well as on Free Speech TV and Paper Tiger TV.
Micha’s artwork and collective projects have appeared in publications including the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone Italy, .dpi magazine, the Networked Performance blog, the San Diego Reader, San Diego City Beat, San Diego Union Tribune, Art as Authority, Dr. Dobbs Journal, Secondlife.com, New World Notes, Brooklyn is Watching, Hot Movies for Her.com. Micha’s writing has been featured on NewMediaFix.net, Augmentology.com and in the San Diego Reader.
Micha is a founding member of a number of art/activism collectives including Sharing Is Sexy, the borderlands Hacklab and the City Heights Free Skool. Micha recently joined the Lui Velazquez space in Tijuana as a curator and collective member.
Micha has been a teaching assistant in the Visual Arts department for classes such as “Introduction to Art Making: Motion and Time Based”, “Introduction to Computing and the Arts” in the Interdisciplinary computing and the Arts (ICAM) major, “Introduction to Art-Making: 3-Dimensional Practices” and “History of Film”. In addition, Micha was the recipient of a 2008 Open Classroom Challenge Grant from UCIRA and taught a class entitled “Collective Art Practice, Performative and Networked Approaches to Challenging Power”. She has been a guest lecturer at Calarts in Los Angeles and at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and presented a paper on the project Becoming Dragon at the Society of Photonic Imaging Engineers “Electronic Imaging” Conference in 2009.
Micha has collaborated with faculty members Ricardo Dominguez and Brett Stalbaum on the Transborder Immigrant Tool and the B.A.N.G. lab, and Adriene Jenik on specFlic 1.0.