Diverse Perspectives Series

Diverse Perspectives Series

Taking Flight with Ricardo Dominguez

Ricardo Dominguez, Artist, civil disobedience hacktivist, and Associate Professor and Chair of Visual Arts at University of California San Diego

Monday, February 28, 2022, 5:00 PM EST

via YouTube Live

Co-hosted by Associate Professor of Digital Culture Kelly Dennis, and DMD graduate student, Kate Campolieta

Watch the Recording of the Event:


In this talk, Ricardo Dominguez focuses on three lines of flights he has co-created: The history of Electronic Civil Disobedience, flight facilitation gestures for immigrants and refugees, and speculative dronology.


This event is co-sponsored by UConn’s El Instituto (Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies)


About the Artist:

Ricardo Dominguez is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts, University of California San Diego (USCD). Dominguez was a founding member of Critical Art Ensemble and a cofounder of Electronic Disturbance Theater 1.0 (EDT), a group who developed virtual sit-in technologies in solidarity with the Zapatistas communities in Chiapas, Mexico, in 1998 (https://anthology.rhizome.org/floodnet). 

With the Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab project, Brett Stalbaum, Micha Cardenas, Amy Sara Carroll, Elle Mehrmand, and Dominguez, created the Transborder Immigrant Tool  (a GPS cell phone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico/US border), which was the winner of “Transnational Communities Award” (2008), an award funded by Cultural Contact, Endowment for Culture Mexico–US and handed out by the US Embassy in Mexico. He was under investigation for 3 years for this project by the FBI, U.S. Congress and UCSD. The Transborder Immigrant Tool has been exhibited in many national and international venues. 

Recent honors include Cuánto tiempo lleva todo esto derramándose sin desbordarse, a retrospective exhibition at the Center for Digital Culture in Mexico City, Mexico, that surveys 40 years of his creative work.  Dominguez was a UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy Fellow (2021), a Society for the Humanities Fellow at Cornell University (2017-18), and a Rockefeller Fellow in Bellagio Center, Italy (summer of 2018). Many of his articles and essays can be found at: https://ucsd.academia.edu/RicardoDominguez.


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