Current Members

Director – Dr. micha cárdenas

micha cárdenas, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and Interactive Media Design at the University of Washington Bothell, where she directs the Poetic Operations Collaborative, a design research lab working for social change. micha cárdenas is writing a new algorithm for gender, race and technology. Her book in progress, Poetic Operations, proposes algorithmic analysis to extend intersectional analysis and develop a trans of color poetics to reduce violence against trans women of color. cárdenas’s co-authored books The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities (2012) and Trans Desire / Affective Cyborgs (2010) were published by Atropos Press. Her artwork has been described as “a seminal milestone for artistic engagement in VR” by the Spike art journal in Berlin. She is a first generation Colombian American.

cárdenas is an artist/theorist who was the winner of the 2016 Creative Award from the Gender Justice League. She was the recipient of the inaugural James Tiptree Jr. fellowship in 2014, a fellowship to provide support and recognition for the new voices in science fiction who are making visible the forces that are changing our view of gender today. She has been described as one of “7 bio-artists who are transforming the fabric of life itself” by

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 artworks have been presented in museums, galleries, and biennials including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2018); House of Electronic Arts Basel (2018); Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen  (2018); Henry Art Gallery (2017); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2015); ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe (2014); the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2014); Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (2011); Centro Cultural del Bosque, Mexico City (2015); CECUT, Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico (2009); the Zero1 Biennial, San Jose, CA (2012); and the California Biennial, Newport Beach, CA (2010). She has given keynote talks at the Allied Media Conference, the Association of Internet Researchers, the Digital Gender Conference at Umea University in Sweden, the Dark Side of the Digital Conference, and the Vera List Center at the New School in New York. She is on the advisory boards of FemTechNet and the York University Center for Feminist Research.

cardenas’ poetry has appeared in the anthologies Troubling the Line, The &Now Awards 3, Trans Bodies, Trans Selves and Writing the Walls Down. She has published book chapters in Plants, Androids and Operators – A Post-Media Handbook, Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, Queer Geographies, The Critical Digital Studies Reader and the Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader. Her articles have been published in CTheory, the Media-N Journal, the Ada Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology, The Journal of Popular Music Studies, and the AI & Society Journal, as well as the magazines No More Potlucks, Mute Magazine and Make/Shift Magazine.


Research Assistant – Robin Cruz

Robin Cruz is an undergraduate student and digital media artist in Interactive Media Design at the University of Washington Bothell. Her research interests include game design, computer art, and social/political engagement. She is passionate about crafting virtual spaces that motivate mindfulness and learning through artistic and playful experiences, as well as collaborating with fellow students across diverse disciplines. She is also currently with the Digital Future Lab as Audio Lead, creating audioscapes for non-violent game mechanics as leader of a team of student interns. Robin enjoys creating in a variety of fields including sound design, user experience, and performance art, as well as exploring topics of artistic expression relating to compassion and equity.

Research Assistant – Rachel Raymond

Rachel is a 27 year old PNW born radical queer. She’s been a retail manager for the last seven years, managing flagship stores for business such as Storables and Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics. An artist since birth, Rachel has dabbled in poetry and other prose, performance, music, and photography. She earned by Associate of Arts degree from Seattle Central College, in June 2017. She is now a double major at the University of Washington Bothell, in Interdisciplinary Arts and the Interactive Media Design Program.

Rachel is passionate about creating change in this world. As a queer woman, she has first hand experience of bigotry and hate in this world, which is why she is so moved to a create future without it. She wants to be on the front lines of change, using her skills to best implement its progress.

Former Members

Research Assistant – Nejat Kedir

Nejat Kedir is a second year Cultural Studies Student at the University of Washington Bothell. Her research interests are black feminism, black studies, critical Muslim studies, black Marxism, critical humanism, animal studies and queer studies. She loves teaching and working with students both within the university and outside of the university. She also loves being, thinking, and studying with a community of people who believe in the possibility of another world. Another world is possible!


Research Assistant – Frances Lee

A smiling Asian person with short hair and glasses is standing in front of ferns.Frances Lee is a Masters of Arts in Cultural Studies student at the University of Washington Bothell. They are a native Texan with a complicated relationship to the sun, and are currently based in Seattle. Frances straddles several disciplines, including technology, community activism, and art. They have worked in the Austin/Seattle corporate tech industry and are a trained UI/UX Designer. They are currently collaborating with an all-trans work group to create the 2017 King County Trans Resource and Referral Guide, which provides a safety net for trans people and their loved ones in this region.

Frances’ research centers women of color feminism, trans of color identities, tech education, and community intellectualism. Frances completed their BA in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Research Assistant – Josefina Garcia-Turner

Josefina Garcia-Turner hails from the Central Valley of California and is a graduate of the University of Washington Bothell’s Master of Arts in Cultural Studies. Her research focuses on radical trans and gender non-conforming resistance to prisons and structural violence. Her current project is a hypertext based speculative fiction that imagines Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera’s Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) as a prison break and heist group.

Research Assistant – Kate Sohng

Kate SohngKate Sohng is an undergraduate student in Interactive Media Design at the University of Washington Bothell. She is most interested in learning web programming and Processing code as tools that effectively deliver messages of social justice. She studies how to interact with people through code and design to evoke emotions that may lead people toward considerations of social justice issues.




Wearable Designer – Waner Deng


Waner Deng (Emma) is an undergraduate student of Interactive Media Design and Marketing in University of Washington. She is interested in project management and user interface design. She has passion to have expansive knowledge of method and process involved in creating and designing technology based applications for the current and coming generations. She is looking forward to experience the diverse interdisciplinary approaches to interactive media design from POCLab by solving complex and real world challenges as well as developing practical solutions for social justice issue.


POC Lab at the University of Washington Bothell
POC Lab UW Bothell


The Poetic Operations Collaborative is supported by the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell, and the Community-Based Learning and Research Fellowship.