New Cyborg Politics
New Cyborg Politics is an ongoing series of performance/theoretical works that engage issues of gender, sexuality, power, and identity formation in a world in flux. Using Donna Haraway’s cyborg theory as an anchor to examine transgender identities, and grounding the theoretical text in personal stories about my lived experiences, I aim to jailbreak important critical discourses from jargon and excessive complexity. Episode One of New Cyborg Politics (“Cyborg Theory, Cyborg Practice”) has appeared as both a performance/lecture and an art book. Episode Two, “Technologies of the Self” is currently in development.
Cyborg Theory, Cyborg Practice
“In a most intelligent narrative, Mak described inner feelings…in this keen evolution of being.” – Elena Cala Buscarino
At the ninth Pecha Kucha Buffalo, I presented a short theoretical paper accompanied by a series of photographs taken by my friend and collaborator, Shasti O’Leary Soudant. The text was adapted and published in Electric Literature‘s blog, The Outlet. Shasti is also working on a hardcover monograph, featuring her photographs and the text of my lecture.
For those who are unfamiliar, Pecha Kucha is a lecture series originally organized by graphic designers in Japan. The idea is that each artist or designer gets 20 20-second slides (amounting to 6:40) to show and explain their work. By cutting out the small talk, audiences get intimately familiar with the work of Pecha Kucha presenters in a very short amount of time. To get a sense of the presentation, view the video of the talk below.
Technologies of the Self
Read the most current draft of this essay here.