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Trans Media and Its Futures

May 19, 2021 @
5:00 p.m.
- 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time
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Zackary Drucker, micha cardenas, and Chris. E. Vargas

*This event was original scheduled for May 12, but is now on May 19 at 5pm EDT.*

In this public panel discussion, Screen Studies’ Rox Samer (they/them) and representatives of their “Gender and Film” seminar examine the current state of transgender media as well as visions for its futures with three distinguished guests: artist and scholar micha cárdenas (she/her); artist and producer Zackary Drucker (she/her); and artist and filmmaker Chris E. Vargas (he/him). All three are active and leading artists working in the lush arena of trans media production. Attendees are invited to check out their considerable bodies of work, available via their respective websites, YouTube, Amazon, and HBO Max. Together their work expands our sense of possibility for the future of trans media.

This event will be broadcast live on Zoom. Participation is free and open to the public. Registration is required:

Co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities; Screen Studies; and Women’s and Gender Studies at Clark University

About the Panelists

micha cárdenas (Artist and Scholar): micha cárdenas, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Art & Design: Games + Playable Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she directs the Critical Realities Studio. Her book Poetic Operations, forthcoming from Duke University Press, proposes algorithmic analysis to develop a trans of color poetics. Her solo and collaborative artworks have been presented in museums, galleries, and biennials, including the Thessaloniki Biennial in Greece,  Arnolfini Gallery, De La Warr Pavilion in London, Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centro Cultural del Bosque in Mexico City, the Zero1 Biennial and the California Biennial. The Spike Art Magazine has described her artwork as “a seminal milestone for artistic engagement in VR,” and named her as one of “7 bio-artists who are transforming the fabric of life itself.”

Zackary Drucker (Artist and Producer): Zackary Drucker is an independent artist, cultural producer, and trans woman who breaks down the way we think about gender, sexuality, and seeing. She has performed and exhibited her photography and videos internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals including the Whitney Biennial 2014, MoMA PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, MCA San Diego, and SF MoMA, among others. Drucker is an Emmy-nominated Producer for Amazon’s docu-series This Is Me, a Producer on Amazon’s Golden Globe and Emmy-winning Transparent, and Co-Director and Executive Producer of HBO’s new docu-series The Lady and the Dale.

Chris. E. Vargas (Artist and Filmmaker): Chris E. Vargas is a video maker and interdisciplinary artist currently based in Bellingham, WA whose work deploys humor and performance in conjunction with mainstream idioms to explore the complex ways that queer and trans people negotiate spaces for themselves within historical and institutional memory and popular culture. From 2008-2013, he and Greg Youmans made the web-based trans/cisgender sitcom Falling In Love…with Chris and Greg. Episodes of the series have screened at numerous film festivals and art venues, including MIX NYC, SF Camerawork, and the Tate Modern. With Eric Stanley, Vargas co-directed Homotopia (2006) and Criminal Queers (2015), which have screened at Palais de Tokyo, LACE, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, and the New Museum among other venues. Vargas is also the Executive Director of MOTHA, the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art.


May 19, 2021
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.