Internet Activism

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Internet Activism

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 ( 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 (, 2002. Ricardo was a Fake_Fakeshop Worker from 1997 to 2000 (, a hybrid performance group, that was one of the first 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 ( 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).

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