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Autonets Performance and Workshop in Montreal and The Coming Disturbance at MIX NYC


I’ll be performing Wednesday in Montreal at HTMlles in collaboration with Life After Life and the 2110 Center for Gender Advocacy at Concordia. Join us!

Open process
co-hosted by PIXEL LIBRE
November 14, 20h
Eastern Bloc, 7240, Clark (metro de Castelnau)
Regular Price $10, Reduced Price $5   

Nancy Mauro-Flude (AU), Micha Cárdenas (US), Jim Bell (CA), Anne Goldenberg (CA)
The theme of “Open Process” unites four artists, local and international, who will share their creative processes, which is both risky and full of possibilities – “by sharing our creative process with others, we demystify the technology and create a larger community to help each other, and to innovate.


Come to my workshops tomorrow in Montreal to be in the performance! The first part of this workshop will focus on using theater of the oppressed, dance and performance techniques to think differently about different kinds of violence we face in our communities and how we can respond collectively, using technology or not. We’ll develop together a performance to present at HTMlles. So the participants in the workshop will be asked to join me in the performance, but of course it won’t be required. I’m hoping to get at least 10 people to join the performance though.

Also, the second part of the workshop will be “pay what you can” and focus on an introduction to wearable electronics using conductive thread and fabric to develop handmade sensors such as pressure sensors and flex sensors.


Inscription / Registration:

Partie 1: Free ! / Gratuite! | CENTRE 2110 FOR GENDER ADVOCACY
Partie 2: 20 – 30$ sliding scale / Tarif régulier: 30$ ; Tarif réduit: 20$ | EASTERN BLOC

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WORKSHOP PART 1, 1pm-4pm, 2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy, 1500 de Maisonneuve
Free !

Workshop Part I – Local Autonomy Networks (Autonets) is a line of mesh networked electronic clothing with the goal of building autonomous local networks that don’t rely on corporate infrastructure to function, inspired by community-based, anti-racist, prison abolitionist responses to gendered violence. Autonets seeks to respond to the daily risk of violence that continues to increase as capital becomes less stable.
The Autonets workshop engages participants in a discussion, using Theatre of the Oppressed and performance exercises, of how we can form local networks of autonomy and solidarity in order to create community-based responses to violences which are personal, gendered or state sponsored.
Co-presented by Life After Life, a working group of QPIRG McGill and QPIRG Concordia and an action group of the 2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy.

+ free
+ wheelchair accessible
+ traduction chuchotée
+ childcare available with 48 hours advance notice /
+ light snacks provided
+ supported by 2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy and QPIRG-McGill

WORKSHOP PART II, 6pm-9pm, Eastern Bloc, 7240 Clark
20 – 30$ sliding scale
Payment at the door

Workshop Part II – Building Local Autonomy Networks – Interested participants can take part in the second workshop on building mesh networked wearable electronic fashion.

+ childcare available with 48 hours advance notice /

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ATELIER PARTIE 1, 13h-16h, 2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy, 1500, rue de Maisonneuve

Atelier Partie I – Local Autonomy Networks (Autonets) est une ligne de vêtements électroniques en réseau maillé dont le but est de former des réseaux autonomes locaux qui ne dépendent pas des infrastructures commerciales pour fonctionner et qui sont en complémentarité avec les stratégies communautaires contre le racisme et le complexe carcéral. Autonets vise à combattre le risque quotidien de la violence qui ne fait qu’augmenter à mesure que le capital devient de plus en plus instable.
L’atelier sur les Autonets convie les participant-e-s à une discussion sur les manières de créer des réseaux locaux autonomes de solidarité. Utilisant des exercices de performance et le Théâtre de l’opprimé, cet atelier vise à construire des stratégies issues de la communauté pour faire face aux formes de violence personnelle, basée sur le genre et étatique.
Coprésenté par Life After Life (2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy, QPIRG McGill, QPIRG Concordial).

+ gratuit
+ accessible aux chaises roulantes
+ traduction chuchotée
+ gardiennage disponible avec 48 heures de pré-avis
+ avec collations
+ supported by 2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy and QPIRG-McGill

ATELIER PARTIE II, 18h-21h, Eastern Bloc, 7240, rue Clark
Tarif régulier: 30$ ; Tarif réduit: 20$
Paiement à la porte

Atelier Partie II – Building Local Autonomy Networks – Un second atelier pratique porte sur la fabrication de vêtements électroniques en réseau maillé.
Paiement à la porte

Gardiennage disponible avec 48 heures de pré-avis


Presented as part of The HTMlles 10: Feminist Festival of Media Arts + Digital Culture, November 10 – 18, 2012, produced by Studio XX.

Présenté pas Les HTMlles 10: Festival féministe d’arts médiatiques + culture numérique, 10 au 18 novembre 2012, produit par le Studio XX.

For more information / Pour plus d’info: (514) 845-7934


The Coming Disturbance
MIX 25
curated by Zach Blas and Micha Cárdenas


From The Coming Insurrection to The Coming Community, it is clear that
something, or someone, is coming. As neoliberal capitalism continues
to collapse, new movements spring up daily, from the plazas of Madrid,
Mexico, Wall Street, and Quebec, to reject austerity capitalism and
its attempts to shut down both hope and dissent. These coming forms of
resistance against emerging mutations of capital will be speculative,
nanobiotechnological, and digitally global.unrecognizable as they
exceed our current understanding of the political and the economic.
These will be bodies of all kinds which have been considered monstrous
and now emerge as erotic and empowered. While some theorists have
declared the death of Queer Theory, we see hope in the claims of an
emerging Queer 2.0, even while we reject that binary formation. Ours
is a Queer X.X, where the X.X can refer to an abstract number, any
number.or, it can refer to the post-porn movement, to the chromosomes
of engineered creatures and organs, to the longitude and latitude of
queer lives outside grids of western epistemologies, to the
multiplicitous disturbances queer brings globally. The artists curated
in this program reimagine resistance in forms which cause disturbance,
by unnerving, decentering, and unraveling power rather than
acknowledging its solidity by trying to destroy it. These artists
respond to the rigidity of contemporary life with gooey, embodied,
networked, and highly technical means of imagining other possibilities
for life.
Zach Blas & Micha Cárdenas, guest curators.

Total Running Time: 76 min.



MIX 25 - NOVEMBER 13-18

Don't forget, MIX is known for magical spatial transformations (hint:
this year's theme involves cocooning and hammocks!), incredible
installation art (which you can read about here:, and a vibrant lounge space
populated by queer filmmakers, curators, artists, and, well, fabulous
hotties. Plan to HANG OUT BEFORE OR AFTER THE SHOW, enjoy a beverage
and some good company!



Elle Mehrmand
2011, USA, video, color, sound, 7 min. NY Premiere
wikiabmeyad analyzes diasporic anxiety through sonic ritual. The
holographic clone sings wikileaks cables about Iran in Farsi, English,
and Perz-ish [a faux-liminal language].

Fag Face and the Facial Weaponization Suite
Zach Blas
2012, USA, video, color, sound, 9 min. NY Premiere
The Facial Weaponization Suite is a response to scientific studies
that link determining sexual orientation through facial recognition
and a burgeoning culture of technologically-driven identification
calculation. The suite provides sets of masks for public intervention.
One mask, The Fag Face Mask, is generated from the biometric facial
data of many gay men’s faces, attempting to evade detection by
mechanisms of capture and recognition-control.

Microdances_2.1: Minimal Body
Jaime del Val
2005, Spain, video, color, sound, 10 min.
The second film of the series Microdances, Minimal Body is a series of
minimalist sequences of moving body fragments, an exploration of
unknown landscapes and possible languages, an approach to the body
that redraws its territories and hierarchies, an exploration of the
process of looking into the body and feeling the body, fragmented,
multiple, amplified.

Speculative Biologies
Pinar Yoldas
2012, Turkey/USA, video, color, sound, 2 min., NY Premiere
This video introduces synthetic organs, perverse anatomies, and sexual
excesses to interrogate the cultural perception of sex.

En un Fist Fast
Rocio Boliver / La Congelada de Uva
2012, Mexico, video, color, sound, 2 min.
Abjection builds awareness of post-porn power, which breaks away from
the outdated distinction between eroticism and pornography.

Living Viral Tattoos
Tagny Duff
2008, Canada, video, color, sound, 6 min. NY Premiere
This video features the development of eight living viral tattoos,
sculptural protoypes grown in a petri dish (in vitro). A series of
“bruises” are rendered on pig and human skin by viral vectors and
immunohistochemical stains.

*particle group*
2010, USA, video, color, sound, 16 min. NY Premiere
In her introduction to Tactical Media, Rita Raley underscores the
peculiar temporal ambitions of new media, its commitment to
"'temporary consensual zones,'" the "Next Five Minutes." Her
accompanying thesis: new media privileges disruption (the tactical)
over revolution (the strategic), resulting in a "politics [that] are a
metapolitics." Nano-Garage(s) works from the premise that poetic play
(signifyin'), as low-fi interruption, has the potential to integrate
the circuits, to (respectfully) challenge Raley's distinction.

UKI [performance documentation excerpts]
Shu Lea Cheang
2012, Taiwan/France, video, color, sound, 11 min.
UKI, a sequel to Cheang’s cyberpunk sci-fi movie I.K.U (2000, premiere
Sundance Film Festival), is structured as both a viral performance
"live code live spam" and a viral game in two levels: infect a city
and enter the bionet.

La Pinchajarawis
Giuseppe Campuzano
2011, Peru, video, color, sound, 2 min. World Premiere
La Pinchajarawis is as manifesto. The body as memory, and its chant as
transmuting technology.

Find Each Other :: Local Autonomy Networks
Micha Cárdenas
2012, USA, video, color, sound, 5 min. World Premiere
Local Autonomy Networks (Autonets) is inspired by an urge to create
technologies to facilitate communication for community-based,
anti-racist, prison-abolitionist responses to gendered violence,
creating networked fashion to reimagine social organization.

Jordan Crandall
2010, USA, video, color, sound, 6 min.
The erotic dance has now become uni-directional—a vector aimed at the
body substrate, probing the very limits of the flesh. But in this
ambiguous space of extreme intimacy, there is no longer any coherent
identity to be captured.




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