The Device That Turned Me Into a Cyborg Was Born the Same Year I Was

Through visual metaphors and circumstantial installations, Chella Man explores his cyborg identity and personal relationship to the freedom and constraints cochlear implants created.

  • Chella Man
    Titans, Trans in Trumpland
  • Chella Man
    Titans, Trans in Trumpland
  • Tony Zosherafatain
    Trans in Trumpland
  • Leroy Farrell
    Director of Photography
    Trans in Trumpland
  • David Quateman
    Underwater Operator
  • Dan Brauchli
    Assistant Camera
  • Signing Animation
  • Mark Depasquale
    VFX Editor
  • Leonardo Schober
  • Yaz Josiah
    BTS Videographer
  • Tau Lucas
    BTS Photographer
  • Vineeta Maruri
    Production Assistant
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  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 23, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    American Sign Language, English
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Director Biography - Chella Man

Chella Man is an internationally acclaimed artist whose work explores the continuum of identity by deconstructing binaries within and beyond disability, gender, race, sexuality and morality. His expansive identities as a Deaf, Genderqueer, Trans-Masculine, Jewish and Chinese artist inform a unique perspective that cannot be limited to one medium. Man blends the genres of fine arts and performance art while simultaneously exploring installation, sculpture, and film directing. Art serves as his visual loophole beyond verbal communication as this is often inaccessible and limiting in expression. He is currently working to build an artist residency at Industry City in Brooklyn, New York after working as a mentor and artist-in-resident at Silver Art Projects located in The World Trade Center this past year. Most recently, he curated a NYTimes featured show highlighting 14 different disabled artists under the title: Pure Joy at 1969 Gallery. He is the author of Continnum (2021), the director of the award winning film The Beauty of Being Deaf (2021), executive producer of Trans in Trumpland (2021), fashion designer for his collection with Opening Ceremony (2019), Jericho in Titans of DC Universe (2019), former columnist for Them, Condé Naste’s first LGBTQ+ publication (2018). Man has also worked with institutions such as The Brooklyn Museum, Powerhouse Museum, Performance Space New York, Leslie-Lohman Museum, and The Abrons Arts Center.

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