[-empyre-] More on Bio/Nano Materialisms and Anti-techno-formalism

micha cárdenas mmcarden at usc.edu
Thu Jun 28 05:52:46 EST 2012


Thank you to pinar for your post too! Sorry I didn't see it until today!

I hope you all can chime in about these questions before the week/month ends.

cheers,

  micha


On Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 2:00 AM, micha cárdenas <mmcarden at usc.edu> wrote:
> Thank you Ricardo, Elle and Heather for the introductions to your work.
>
> I'm very interested in developing this conversation more to try to
> consider the intersections of queer and bio/nano/materialisms. Do you
> think of your engagements with new media as queer? How so? Also, do
> you think of your engagements with bio/nano technologies as a
> materialist approach or something else? Could you provide some links
> to media that you're described so eloquently here?
>
> I'm interested in how materialism, in it's claims to a kind of reality
> based in matter, relate to a possible techno-formalism and how your
> works escape those. Pinar's work is an excellent example as well, as
> it seems to be more based in fantastical imagination of possibilities
> created as a simulacrum, as in her pieces SuperMammal and Neolabium:
>
> http://pinaryoldas.info/speculativeBiologies/supermammal/
> http://pinaryoldas.info/speculativeBiologies/sample-page/
>
> ...rather than in the techno-formalism often seen in bio-art where the
> artist engages at the level of actual biological production. Do you
> find new media discussions to often be centered around the technology
> "working", in a kind of machismo where the best technology is equated
> with the best art? How do you move in your own work from the actual
> material or data you choose to start with and into a poetics or
> embodiment in performance? How do you respond to audience's or
> curator's concerns with the technical accomplishment in a work?
> Perhaps this is an element of a queer approach to new media, to step
> out of the logic of technical feats that serve as a spectacle to
> pacify or entertain an audience and step into a space that is perhaps
> more confusing, blurred, playful, fem[me/inine] (?), yet still
> intentional.
>
> gracias,
>
>  micha
>
> --
> 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,
> http://amzn.to/x8iJcY
>
> blog: http://transreal.org



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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,
http://amzn.to/x8iJcY

blog: http://transreal.org


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