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Call for workshop participants to perform Autonets in an Urban Intervention at the VIII Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute


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Join my workshop “Building Local Autonomy Networks” from Wednesday to Friday, Jan 16-18 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m, Escola de Comunicação e Artes, Unuversity of Sao Paulo at the 8th Enceuntro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. In the workshop, we will be developing a group movement piece to perform in the Urban Intervention portion of the Enceuntro on Friday, January 17. This site specific movement based performance will be created by the group, using wearable electronics and building on the concepts of networks, autonomy, safety, anti-violence and resistance addressing the local issues that workshop participants introduce.

Workshop – Building Local Autonomy Networks – The Autonets workshop will engage participants in a discussion, using Theater of the Oppressed, dance and performance exercises, of how we can form local networks of autonomy and solidarity in order to create community based responses to violence we face on a daily basis, which may be personal, gendered, racial or state sponsored.

Local Autonomy Networks (Autonets) is an artivist project focused on creating networks of communication to increase community autonomy and reduce violence against women, LGBTQI people, people of color and other groups who continue to survive violence on a daily basis. The networks are both online and offline, including handmade wearable electronic fashion and face to face agreements between people. The networks are being established through a series of workshops, performances, presentations and discussions at art, activist and academic venues in the Americas and Europe. The project was started by Micha Cárdenas but is rapidly expanding into an ecology of networks involving many artists, hackers and activists.

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About me…

Micha Cárdenas is an artist/theorist who works at the intersections of bodies, technology, movement and politics. They are a PhD student in Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) at University of Southern California and a member of Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0. Micha’s project Local Autonomy Networks was selected for the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial in San Jose and was the subject of their keynote performance at the 2012 Allied Media Conference. Micha’s book The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities, published by Atropos Press in 2012, discusses art that uses augmented, mixed and alternate reality, and the intersection of those strategies with the politics of gender, in a transnational context. Micha holds an MFA from University of California, San Diego, an MA in Communication from the European Graduate School and a BS in Computer Science from Florida International University. They blog at and tweet at @michacardenas.


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