[spectre] Wanderlust - performance at Highways Fri and Sat

micha cárdenas mmcarden at usc.edu
Wed Apr 18 02:23:33 CEST 2012

I'm doing a reading from my book, *The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of
Crossing Realities*, Fri and Sat at Highways with a great group of people.
I hope you can make it! Please post widely!

Highways Performance Space@ 18th St. Arts Center 1651 18th Street|Santa
Monica, CA 904041/2 block north of Olympic Blvd.
friday + saturday APRIL 20+21, 2012 at 8:30pm
highways performance space + lambda literary present

curated by raquel gutiérrez
writers of latino/a and queer extractions
make the specter of place known through
word, as they shepherd us in and guide us
through radical spatial narratives that weave
in tales of sexualized citizenry, gendered
candor and transnational desires.


Charles Rice-González, born in Puerto Rico and reared in the Bronx, is a
writer, long-time community and LGBT activist and Executive Director of
BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. He received a B.A. in
Communications from Adelphi University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing
from Goddard College. His debut novel, Chulito, was released in October
2011, and he co-edited, with Charlie Vázquez, From Macho to Mariposa: New
Gay Latino Fiction released in August 2011. He is also an award-winning
playwright and serves on the boards of the Bronx Council on the Arts and
the National Association of Latino Art and Cultures.

Born in Argentina, Susana Cook is a New York based playwright, director and
performer who has been presenting innovative works internationally for over
20 years.

She has performed in Spain, France, India, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador,
Canada and at several colleges and universities around the country.

Some of her latest shows are : The Homophobes, a clown show, The Fury of
The Gods, Homeland Insecurities, The idiot King, The Values Horror Show,
100 Years of Attitude, Dykenstein, Hamletango, Prince of Butches, Gross
National Product, Hot Tamale, Conga Guerrilla Forest, The Fraud, Butch
Fashion Show in the Femme Auto Body Shop, Rats and Tango Lesbiango.

She is the recipient of several fellowships and awards from the New York
Foundation for the Arts, Arts International, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for
Justice, The Franklin Furnace Archives, The Puffin Foundation and INTAR.
Rafael Esparza is a multidisciplinary artist living and working out of Los
An investigation of (non)personal histories that have constructed existing
ideas surrounding the body weave in and out his body of work. He is
invested in creating
and experiencing moments in time inaccessible to him using ritual and
installation; and credits this interest as the primary inspiration for his
performances. Rafa earned his B.A. in art from UCLA, has exhibited,
performed and also collaborated with other artists in various venues
throughout Los Angeles.
Luis Flores

My work seeks to shed light on topics that are often ignored with blindly
accepted norms, topics
that trigger unconscious and automatic responses to preconceived
expectations or beliefs about
particular situations. I seek to break stereotypes with which I am often
labeled and to which I am
confined or restricted. It is my hope to challenge viewers’ reactions and
elicit self-reflection on how the environment has contributed to their
conditioned self and how they continue to perpetuate a situation consistent
with their preconceptions.
Marcela Fuentes (marshagall) is a performance scholartist from Argentina.
She currently lives in Los Angeles where she teaches, writes, and performs
on topics such as transnationalism, new forms of political engagement, and
artistic responses to crises.
J. Frank Galarte was born and raised in Brawley, California. He recently
received his PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and is
currently a visiting professor in the Department of Gender and Women's
Studies at the University of Arizona. He is currently working on a book
manuscript based on this dissertation entitled, "El Sabor del Amor y del
Dolor: Affect, Violence and the (Trans)Body in the Chican@ Historical
Imaginary". His research interests are in Chicana@ Studies, Queer Studies,
Affect Studies and Transgender Studies. His obsessions are mozz, chavela
vargas, oldies and finding the right pomade for his pompadour.
Micha Cárdenas 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, published by Atropos Press in
2012, discusses artists’ strategies for using multiple realities, such as
augmented, mixed and alternate reality, and the intersection of those
strategies with the politics of gender, in a transnational context. She
blogs at transreal.org and tweets at @michacardenas.
Raquel Gutiérrez (b. 1976, Los Angeles, California) cut her teeth on Los
Angeles performance art when she interned and house managed at Highways
Performance Space in the year 2000. Raquel is a performance writer,
playwright, and cultural organizer, studied in university settings and
performed in a variety of locations, like the Salvadoran countryside,
cabarets, galleries, San Antonio, more universities, Pico-Union, etc. In
2001, Gutiérrez was one of the co-founding members of the performance
ensemble, Butchlalis de Panochtitlan (BdP), a community-based and
activist-minded group aimed at creating a visual vernacular around queer
Latinidad in Los Angeles. Raquel also co-founded other queer women of color
projects and Latino projects, Tongues, A Project of VIVA and Epicentro
Poetry project. Raquel has published work in Ambientes: New Queer Latino
Writing (edited by Lázaro Lima and Felice Picano), Los Angeles Weekly,
Make/shift magazine, Journal of Chicana/Latina Studies, and Izote Vos:
Salvadoran American Literary and Visual Art (published by SF’s Pacific News
Service). Currently, Raquel is in the Community Scholars program through
the UCLA School of Urban Planning and is also the Manager of Community
Partnerships for Cornerstone Theater Company, a leader in community-based
theater-making in the United States.

micha cárdenas
PhD Student, Media Arts and Practice, University of Southern California
Provost Fellow, University of Southern California

MFA, Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego

Author, The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities,

blog: http://transreal.org
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