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

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

On March 24 the Leslie-Lohman will host the NYC-based international premiere of board member and Chella Man’s newest film.

By Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art

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Date and time

Friday, March 24 · 6 - 9:30pm EDT


Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art 26 Wooster St. New York, NY 10013

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About this event

  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

On March 24, Leslie-Lohman board member Chella Man’s newest film, The Device That Turned Me Into A Cyborg Was Born The Same Year I Was will be premiering internationally. The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art will host the NYC premiere. The film will also premiere in simultaneously in Sydney, Australia at the Powerhouse Museum and in London with Nowness.

This film explores the nuances of life on a continuum between the Deaf and hearing world, oscillating between a daydream and nightmare as Man steps into his autonomy as a Deaf adult. We witness the constraints of machinery and how immobilizing it can be to live and breathe as a cyborg. At its core, this film is an anthem on self-love and exploration, paralleling the lessons that intimacy has granted its director and lead actor, Chella Man.

“Growing up without representation, I never felt intimately desired.

... let alone beautiful in my trans, disabled, multiracial form.

The liberating news is: I don’t need others to feel beautiful.”

- Director, actor, writer, artist, Chella Man

Event Schedule:

6pm: Doors open

7pm: Screening and Conversation

8:30pm: Reception


The film includes captioning and ASL and CART will be provided for this in-person gathering.

Leslie-Lohman Museum strives to provide a welcoming environment to all visitors. External steps lead to our entrance doors: a wheelchair lift is available. All galleries are wheelchair-accessible, and a single-occupancy accessible restroom is located behind the visitor services desk: all restrooms are gender-neutral. Large print didactics are available.

For additional access requests, please contact at least three days in advance of your planned visit.

Light refreshments will be offered. This is a mask-optional gathering. Guests are welcomed to wear masks, and masks will be available at the museum front desk. We may provide additional instructions ahead of the event for registered guests.


Directed, written, co-edited and produced by Chella Man.

DP: @leroy_farrell

DP2: @dqcamera


Co-Producer: @tonyzfilms

Cast: @sammysinsss , @joyinbrooklyn , @darrick_delao , @jacindanoinsta92

Katie Man, Jon Man, Johnathan Man, Meg Man, Melissa E. Heche

BTS Videographer: @thisisyasminj

BTS Photographer: @general.tau

Editor: @eric__barr

PA: @kumari_seshasai

About the organizer

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art (LLMA) is the only art museum in the world dedicated to artistic exploration through multi-faceted queer perspectives. With a collection that includes over 25,000 objects spanning three centuries of queer art, LLMA embraces the power of the arts to inspire, explore, and foster understanding of the rich diversity of LGBTQIA+ experiences.

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art is supported by transformational funding from the Mellon Foundation, in addition to generous funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. Innovative programmatic support is provided by the Achilles Family Fund; Booth Ferris Foundation; Keith Haring Foundation; and the Henry Luce Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Individual support is proudly provided by the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art's Board of Trustees and Global Ambassadors.

A special thank you to The Harter Foundation for their continued support of the LLMA Archive.