[-empyre-] to jacob & homay

micha cárdenas mmcarden at usc.edu
Sat Jun 16 03:14:39 EST 2012

Here's one of those videos we're submitting to MIX that is part of Shu
Lea Cheang's viral code spam performance:


On Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 10:08 AM, Zach Blas <zachblas at gmail.com> wrote:
> hi all--
> i’ve also been busy with micha putting together a curated set of
> videos for mix nyc, a queer experimental video festival.
> since this week is broadly on the topic of computation and the
> nonhuman in queer media art & theory--and since it’s the last day on
> this topic, i’d really like to bring in jacob and homay. while
> michael, jack, and ian have really heated up the discussions on sr and
> ooo, homay and jacob have different approaches to these topics that
> i’d like to not let get completely side-lined.
> jacob, micha and i for awhile have been interested in viruses. i was
> thinking about viruses in relation to your work on uncomputability. in
> the exploit, galloway and thacker talk about viruses as illegible and
> incalculable. the virus also shows up in shu lea cheang’s new work
> UKI, which she refers to as a live viral code spam performance.
> http://www.u-k-i.co/index-project.html i’m also thinking about ricardo
> dominguez and the electronic disturbance theater and how they’ve
> conceptualized some of their work as viruses infecting capital and
> dominant systems of power. i wonder if you have any thoughts on the
> virus. perhaps it can be paired with the glitch. but the nonhuman in
> queerness could also be approached through nonhuman things that have
> strongly impacted queerness, and the virus would certainly be one of
> those things. there’s a new issue of women studies quarterly on the
> viral. maybe some people are addressing these questions in there? i’m
> asking these questions and bringing up the virus because i’m curious
> about building the repertoire of queer tech logics you’ve discussed
> through and beyond failure and the glitch.
> homay, micha shared your work on turing with me. and i remember in
> your article you attempt to work through how Turing’s scientific and
> computational research could be infused with his erotic desires. could
> you say more about this? and maybe how turing helps you investigate
> how queer desire can shape or affect computation?
> --
> zach blas
> artist & phd candidate
> literature, information science + information studies, visual studies
> duke university
> www.zachblas.info
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micha cárdenas
PhD Student, Media Arts and Practice, University of Southern California
Provost Fellow, University of Southern California

New Directions Scholar, USC Center for Feminist Research

MFA, Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego

Author, The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities,

blog: http://transreal.org

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