Ricardo Dominguez: #FearlessGestures: The Art of Disturbance
Ricardo Dominguez is a cofounder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater, a group who developed virtual sit-in technologies in solidarity with the Zapatistas communities in Chiapas, Mexico, in 1998. Dominguez developed his recent Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab project titled The Transborder Immigrant Tool (a GPS cell phone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico/U.S. border) with Brett Stalbaum, Micha Cárdenas, Amy Sara Carroll, and Elle Mehrmand. The project was the winner of the Transnational Communities Award (2008), an award funded by Cultural Contact, Endowment for Culture Mexico–U.S. and handed out by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico. Along with artists Diane Ludin, Nina Waisman, and Amy Sara Carroll, Dominguez is also a cofounder of particle group, the creator of an art project about nanotoxicology titled Particles of Interest: Tales of the Matter Market. Dominguez is an associate professor in the visual arts department and M.F.A. director at the University of California–San Diego, a Hellman Fellow, principal investigator at Qualcomm Institute/California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, and a Society for the Humanities Fellow at Cornell University (2017–18).