New Hacktivism: From Electronic Civil Disobedience to Mixed Reality Performance


Photo/Foto: Cristhian Ávila

Micha Cárdenas

This workshop traced the trajectory from Hacktivism to Mixed Reality Performance, considering the possibilities opened up by networked gestures. Beginning with a discussion of Electronic Civil Disobedience, its motivations and mechanisms, the workshop introduced participants to a number of strategies that are being used in post-contemporary political struggles including Free/Libre/Open Source, DIY, Hacklabs, Social Media, and interventions in online public spaces such as Second Life.


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 art that uses augmented, mixed and alternate reality, and the intersection of those strategies with the politics of gender, in a transnational context. She blogs at and tweets at @michacardenas.

Background Information
  • Encuentro Location (Bogotá) : Salón Multimedia, Edificio de Arquitectura, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Date: 24, 25, 26 of August, 2009