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An Ephemeral Caress

An Ephemeral Caress

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Body, Space, and Gender in the Mixed Reality Environment of Becoming Dragon (Micha Cárdenas, 2008) – A Performance in Second Life

Body, Space, and Gender in the Mixed Reality Environment of Becoming Dragon (Micha Cárdenas, 2008) – A Performance in Second Life

In this essay, Agáta Hošnova explores the environment of mixed realities as experienced by Colombian-American trans-femme artist Micha Cárdenas in her performance Becoming Dragon (2008), which took place in an online and freely accessible virtual world, Second Life; the artist fully immersed for 365 hours during the time when she was undergoing hormone replacement therapy from male to female. In this context, digital worlds epitomise a sort of liminal space between the real world and the ‘artificially created’ online one – it is placed on the edge of the two.

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The Art Columnist is an emerging cultural and art-oriented zine, focusing on new perspectives in visual cultures by publishing content engaging with the contemporary world in a progressive way. We are looking for pieces promoting critical thinking expressed in a myriad of media formats; we are open to visual as well as text-based contributions.

Our ethos is to publish artists and writers seeking more recognition in the art world on- and off-line, while maintaining a carefully curated selection of high-quality submissions. We will tolerate no sexism, racism, queer-phobia, and all other offensive and discriminative discourses.

The platform was launched and is run by Goldsmiths Visual Cultures Society and Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Should you have any questions, contact us at theartcolumnist@gmail.com or via our Instagram page: @theartcolumnist.

Editors

Saeed El-Hassan

is a London-based poet and curator from Beirut. He is currently finishing an MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London and has a BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing from the same university. As a poet, he is interested in notions of identity, language – its sounds, its compressions and expansions, its eruptions and silences, its movements (contrapuntally around the world) – and patterns. As a curator, he spends most of the time thinking about literature and is interested in merging the practices of poetry and curating.

Agáta Hošnová

is a curator, photographer and writer based between London and Prague, currently finishing a degree in BA Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is a former president of Goldsmiths Visual Cultures Society. As a researcher, Agáta is interested in contemporary philosophy and aesthetics, new media, indie cinema, postmodernity, intersectional feminism, science fiction, and beyond. Agáta’s photographic practice captures urban structures, brutalist architecture, eerie landscapes and snapshots her friends, parties and the buzz of the big city life.

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If you want to get involved, please contact The Art Columnist editorial team at TheArtColumnist@gmail.com (see the guidelines below). We favour contributions by Goldsmiths students, staff or alumni, but we also consider submissions by unaffiliated creatives. Besides, we also occasionally publish open calls promoted via our Instagram handle: @theartcolumnist – make sure to follow us to keep on track with our activities.

Submission guidelines – please include:
– the title and the body of the submission (attached in the PDF format)
– a copyright-free image in the best possible quality to illustrate the submission (if written)
– a short description (max 30 words – to be used as a caption blurb)
– a short bio.

Any materials you submit must not offend, insult or humiliate others, particularly on the basis of their race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities.

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