micha cárdenas and Frances Lee exhibit artworks in Basel, Switzerland

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screenshot of #strongerIAS faculty member micha cárdenas is in the exhibition "Future Love: Desire and Kinship in Hypernature" at the House of Electronic Culture in Basel Switzerland. The group exhibition, which opened January 18, 2018, examines the impact of new technologies and social media on our affective relationships and sexuality. The curatorial statement from Boris Magrini states, "Never has the future of our emotional, sexual and familial relationships appeared more exciting, promising and troubled as today. Biotechnologies are presenting alternative means of reproduction, altering gender roles and their biological boundaries, while also challenging the traditional structures of family ties. New industrial products offer to fulfill unconventional sexual fantasies, which can be realised through both physical and virtual realties. Global connectivity allows for the circulation of alternative models of love and sexuality, which continue to provoke ideological debates among puritans and liberals, but are increasingly accepted by the wider population. This new interdependance of technology, engineering and environment constitutes a new concept: hypernature, an enhanced version of the ecosystem including artificial bodies and their correlations... Artist and activist Micha Cardenas has developed apps that are specifically conceived for transgender users, to fill a gap in a market heavily determined by heteronormative models."

cardenas is exhibiting her projects Pregnancy and #stronger in the show, which ends on April 15th, 2018. #stronger includes videos produced in collaboration with Master of Arts in Cultural Studies graduate student Frances Lee in the Poetic Operations Collaborative. The exhibition includes an interactive prototype of the #stronger iOS app, digital videos and a microscope.

Read more on the House of Electronic Arts Basel site. 

still from Pregnancy
Still from Pregnancy