Ricardo Dominguez will present examples of sematic simulations, or simulation sematics that have allowed the Electronic Disturbance Theater and Ricardo to create a performative matrix on-line without having to use computers or depend on having access to computers to create dramatic social events on the networks.
Ricardo Dominguez is a co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT), the group that developed Virtual-Sit In technologies in 1998 in solidarity with the Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico. He is Senior Editor of The Thing (bbs.thing.net). He is a former member of Critical Art Ensemble (1987 to 1994), the originators of the theory of Electronic CivilDisobedience). He recently presented a 12 hour streaming media net.performance with Coco Fusco, entitled ÒDolores from 10h to 22hÓ from Finnish Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma, in Helsinki (www.kiasma.fi/ars/dolores), 2002. Ricardo was a Fake_Fakeshop Worker from 1997 to 2000 (www.fakeshop.com), a hybrid performance group, that was one of the first net.art projects presented at the Whitney Biennial 2000. Dominguez has collaborated on a number of international net_art projects. His first digital zapatismo project took place in 1996 - 97, a three month RealVideo/Audio network project: The Zapatista/Port Action at (MIT) with Ron Rocco. His essays have appeared at Ctheory (www.ctheory.org) and in "Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas," (Routledge, 2000), edited by Coco Fusco. He edited EDT's forthcoming book Hacktivism: network_art_activismÓ, (Autonomedia Press, 2002).