Online Activism: A Virtual Faith

Electronic Disturbance Theater

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. With a special focus on the question of virtual faith and digital activism.



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. EDT's SWARM action was presented at Ars Electronica's InfoWar Festival in 1998 (Linz, Austria). He is Senior Editor of The Thing ( Former member of Critical Art Ensemble (1987 to 1994 - developers of the theory of Electronic Civil Disobedience in the late 80's). Currently a Fake-Fakeshop Worker (, a hybrid performance group, presented at the Whitney Biennial 2000. Ricardo has collaborated on a number of international net-art projects: with Francesca da Rimini on Dollspace (, and with Diane Ludin on the Aphanisis Project. His essays have appeared at Ctheory ( and recently in Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas (Routledge, 2000), edited by Coco Fusco. Editor of EDT's forthcoming book Hacktivism: network-art-activism (Autonomedia Press, 2001).

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