New Review of The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realitles
Posted on October 21, 2012 by michamaya
“Here is the scenario. You find yourself in a virtual game-world where you can be anything you want––say, a princess, a superhero, or maybe a dragon. Enter Micha Cárdenas.
The question is this: in assuming a new identity, are you really leaving behind the actual “you”? Nearly two decades ago, a now-famous New Yorker cartoon made popular the adage, “On the internet, no one knows you are a dog,” referencing the presumed demarcation between virtual and real personas. But this begs the question of where the expression of the self resides, inasmuch as identity is a largely mental process…
Clearly this work has significance on many levels, contributing to theories of virtual identity with complexity and nuance, while also extending discussions of gender at an especially conflicted political moment.”