Redshift & Portalmetal asks: as climate change forces us to travel to the stars and build new homes and families, how do we build on this land, where we are settlers, while working to undo colonization? The story uses space travel as a lens through which to understand the experience of migration and settlement for a Trans woman of colour. Redshift & Portalmetal tells the story of Roja, whose planet's environment is failing, so she must travel to other worlds. Redshift & Portalmetal points to possibilities of post-digital, post-media, and decolonial approaches to communication.
Redshift & Portalmetal takes the form of an online interactive game, including film, performance, and poetry. The live performance takes the form of a live playtest of the interactive interface, with cárdenas performing poems and movement scores that accompany the poems. Enacting a live experiment in post-apocalyptic collectivity, the audience must decide together how the performance will unfold by making choices in the game interface, which is projected on to the walls.
Dr. micha cárdenas is an artist/theorist who creates and studies trans of color movement in digital media, where movement includes migration, performance and mobility. cárdenas is an Assistant Professor of Interactive Media Design at the University of Washington | Bothell. cárdenas completed her Ph.D. in Media Arts + Practice in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. She is a member of the artist collective Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0. Her solo and collaborative work has been seen in museums, galleries, biennials, keynotes, community and public spaces around the world.