[-empyre-] Welcome Zach and MIcha!

Renate Ferro rtf9 at cornell.edu
Sat Jun 2 13:22:04 EST 2012

> Hi all empyre subscribers!  We are actually writing to you from Montreal.
> Sorry to Micha and Zach for our very slow response this morning.  We
were hoping to give both of you a very proper introduction but Tim and I
were on the highway
to Montreal.  We have just settled into our hotel after the trip from hell
including car trouble but we
are relieved to see that both Zach and Micha already made their first post
this month on:
Queer Media Art and Theory

We met Zach many years ago at an empyre sponsored event in San Francisco.
 It was a one day workshop
on Virillio.  Ashley Ferro-Murray introduced us and we have been huge fans
of Zach and his work ever since.  Micha we met at
DAC when it was at Irvine a few years ago and have also followed  her work
enthusiastically.  Enough of this reminiscing....we are absolutely thrilled
that both of them have agreed to launch their new list-serve through empyre
soft-skinned space.  They have a substantial line-up of
participants and we are convinced this will be a lively and engaging four

So thank you Micha and Zach we are so happy to introduce you to empyre.
 Best.  Renate

> Zach Blas (US) is an artist-theorist working at the intersections of
> networked media, queerness, and the political. He is a PhD candidate
> in Literature, Information Science + Information Studies, Visual
> Studies at Duke University and holds an MFA in Design | Media Arts,
> University of California Los Angele and is also the founding member of
> Queer Technologies. Zach has exhibited and lectured around the world,
> including The Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Banff
> Centre, Medialab Prado, South by Southwest Interactive, transmediale
> festival, Arse Elektronika Festival, Upgrade! Tijuana, the Hemispheric
> Institute of Performance and Politics, and Los Angeles Contemporary
> Exhibitions, where he co-curated the 2011 group exhibition
> Speculative. His up-coming exhibitions include the 2012 Liverpool
> Biennial and Trans Technology at Rutgers University. Zach has recently
> published writings inThe Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader
> and has also edited Micha Cárdenas' newly published book The
> Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities. In Fall 2012,
> Zach will be an artist/researcher-in-residence at the b.a.n.g.lab,
> UCSD, directed by Ricardo Dominguez. http://zachblas.info
> Micha Cárdenas (US) is an artist/theorist who works in performance,
> wearable electronics, hacktivism and critical gender studies. She is a
> PhD student in Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) at University of
> Southern California and a member of Electronic Disturbance Theater
> 2.0. Her book The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing
> Realities was published by Atropos Press in 2012. 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. She has exhibited and performed in
> biennials, museums and galleries in places around the world including
> Los Angeles, San Diego, Tijuana, New York, San Francisco, Montreal,
> Colombia, Egypt, Ecuador, Spain, Switzerland and Ireland. Her work has
> been written about in publications including Art21, the Associated
> Press, the LA Times, CNN, BBC World, Wired and Rolling Stone Italy.
> She blogs at transreal.org and tweets at @michacardenas.


Renate Ferro
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
Cornell University
Department of Art, Tjaden Hall Office #420
Ithaca, NY  14853
Email:   <rtf9 at cornell.edu>
URL:  http://www.renateferro.net
Lab:  http://www.tinkerfactory.net

Managing Co-moderator of -empyre- soft skinned space
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