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


March 24, 2023    
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
26 Wooster St, New York, NY
Free with registration

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

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


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


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.

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.

Image description: Chella and Sammy sit in bed together, nude, looking at a point off camera. They share a likeness and ease as Chella touches his own right foot with his right hand, and Sammy is nestled against Chella.