The Northwestern University School of Communications Performance Studies Lecture Series

Shifting Poetics: Trans of Color Movement in Digital Media
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 // Noon

After unprecedented visibility for trans women of color in 2014, the number of murders of trans women more than doubled in 2015. In this talk, cárdenas elaborates a trans of color poetics that can improve the chances of life for transgender women of color, who continue to be the number one target of murder among LGBTQ people in the US. cárdenas will discuss her practice-based research projects, including Local Autonomy Networks (Autonets), Redshift and Portalmetal and UNSTOPPABLE, as well as media made by other artists including Zach Blas, Mattie Brice, and Nao Bustamante. Through these examples cárdenas demonstrates the operations of the shift and the stitch as the basis for a trans of color poetics that offers alternatives to binaries of visibility/invisibility and transparency/opacity.

Northwestern University's Alvina Krause Studio

Dr. micha cárdenas is an UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts MFA Alumna. For more about her work, please visit:

Image of Dr. micha cárdenas is courtesy of the Artist.

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