becoming transreal: a mixed reality, biodigital performance

UCLA Center for Performance Studies and UCSD Center for Research in Computing and the Arts present:

becoming transreal: a mixed reality, biodigital performance

November 3 at 4pm, UCLA Freud Playhouse

Micha Cárdenas and Elle Mehrmand explore transgender experience by imagining a future in which nanobiotechnology allows anyone to change their body to any form, and the consequences of these possibilities. The performance uses motion capture to interface with Second Life avatars and 3D stereoscopic imagery to immerse the audience in this transreal world.

Micha Cardenas is a Lecturer in the Visual Arts department at UCSD. She is an Artist/Researcher in the Experimental Game Lab at CRCA and the b.a.n.g. lab at Calit2. Micha holds an MFA from the University of California San Diego, an MA in Media and Communications with distinction from the European Graduate School, and a BS in Computer Science from Florida International University. Her article, “Becoming Dragon: A Transversal Technology Study,” was published in the April edition of Her new book Trans Desire was recently published by Atropos Press. Micha’s performances, videos, and collaborations have been seen in museums, galleries, community spaces, and public spaces around the world including the Supersonic 2009, the Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum in Alexandria, Egypt, El Centro Cultural de Tijuana (CECUT), the 2008 Whitney Biennial, the US/Mexico border checkpoint during the Political Equator II, and The Art and Social Space Laboratory at the Central Bank Museum of Ecuador.

Elle Mehrmand is a performance/new media artist and musician who uses the body, electronics, video, sound and installation within her work. She is the singer and trombone player of Assembly of Mazes, a music collective who create dark, electronic, middle eastern, rhythmic jazz rock. Elle is currently an MFA candidate at UCSD, and received her BFA in art photography with a minor in music at CSULB. Elle has received grants from UCIRA, the Russell Foundation and Fine Arts Affiliates. She is a researcher at CRCA and the b.a.n.g. lab at UCSD. Her performances have been shown in Long Beach, Los Angeles, Tijuana, Montreal, Dublin, San Diego and Bogotá, Colombia. Her work has been discussed in Art21, the LA Times,, Reno News and Review and the OC Weekly.

Co-sponsored by the UCLA Department of Theater, School of Theater, Film, and Television, LGBT Studies, the Center for the Study of Women, The Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance, and the Center for Research in Computing the Arts at UCSD. Additional support provided by San Diego State University’s Second Life Initiative, Aztlan Island.

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1 Response to becoming transreal: a mixed reality, biodigital performance

  1. micha says:

    Thank you so much for posting about our performance! Your link to the website doesn’t work though. You can get more info about my and elle’s work at and . I love this site! wonderful idea.


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