[-empyre-] Introduction and Welcome to Viral Economies: Hactivating Design

Ricardo Dominguez rrdominguez at ucsd.edu
Wed Nov 4 21:09:46 EST 2009

Hola all,

I look forward to the vaccines, viruses and creative vacuoles in dialogue
this month.

But, here is a correct version of our/my bios (this is what I get for not
checking with Renate about what she would post and just saying yes) - one
way to stick a needle in a mis-meme is to correct the info. flow:
"FloodNet" the virtual-sit-in tool, was created by Brett Stalbaum and
Carmin Karasic (co-founders of the Electronic Disturbance Theater). I just
happened to
be in the same digital space with them with a few handy conceptual tools
to add to the stew
of the gesture.

Here then is an almost-me, almost not-me, and really not-me at all Bio:

Ricardo Dominguez is a co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater
(EDT), a group who developed Virtual-Sit-In technologies in 1998 in
solidarity with the Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico. He is a
co-Director of Thing (http://post.thing.net) an ISP for artists and
activists. His recent Electronic Disturbance Theater project with Brett
Stabaum, Micha Cardenas and Amy Sara Carroll the *Transborder Immigrant
Tool* (http://bang.calit2.net/xborder ) - (a GPS cellphone safety net tool
for crossing the Mexico/U.S border was the winner of "Transnational
Communities Award", this award was funded by *Cultural Contact*, Endowment
for Culture Mexico - U.S. and handed out by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico),
also funded by CALIT2 and two Transborder Awards from the UCSD Center for
the Humanities. Ricardo is an Associate Professor at UCSD in the Visual
Arts Department, a Hellman Fellow, and Principal/Principle Investigator at
CALIT2 (http://bang.calit2.net). He also co-founder of *particle group*
with artists Diane Ludin, Nina Waisman, Amy Sara Carroll
(http://pitmm.net). *particle group* has a new project archive entitled
"nanosfÉRICA" at
(http://hemisphericinstitute.org/hemi/en/particle-group-intro) and
you can also find a video meditation by EDT and *particle group" entitled,
"(nano_Garage(s): Speculations about (Open Fabbing)" here:

Abrazos a todos,

Ricardo Dominguez
Associate Professor
Hellman Fellow

Visual Arts Department, UCSD
Principal Investigator, CALIT2
Co-Chair gallery at calit2
CRCA Researcher
Ethnic Studies Affiliate
Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies Affiliate

Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics,
Board Member

University of California, San Diego,
9500 Gilman Drive Drive,
La Jolla, CA 92093-0436
Phone: (619) 322-7571
e-mail: rrdominguez at ucsd.edu

Project sites:
site: http://gallery.calit2.net
site: http://pitmm.net
site: http://bang.calit2.net
site: http://www.thing.net/~rdom

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