Stop the Victimisation of Ricardo Dominguez

Posted by Michael Szpakowski | Fri Jul 9th 2010 8:40 p.m.

Forwarded from a mail by micha cardenas to the netbehaviour list - please repost widely & also donate, if you can!

Please pass this information on. We can't use our blogs because
they're on our server on the university networks, so if you can mirror
this call, we'd appreciate it...

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Fred Lonidier <>
Date: 2010/7/8
Subject: Donate to the Ricardo Dominguez/b.a.n.g. lab Legal Support Fund

Please Pass Forward:

Dear Communities of Support,

The "investigations" by University of California San Diego/University of
California of Office of the President of professor Ricardo Dominguez and
Electronic Disturbance Theater/b.a.n.g lab's performances and projects
continues. The cost of legal support is growing and we would appreciate
your economic support.

To donate to our legal action fund please click here:

Thanks to all the communities who have already supported the legal support
fund in spirit and funds.

To learn more about the "investigations" and support for Professor Ricardo
Dominguez and Electronic Disturbance Theater/b.a.n.g lab click here read
and watch these news reports about the "investigations":

Digital Zapatismo and the Threatened Persecution of Prof. Ricardo
Dominguez (UCSD)
by John Armenta:

UC San Diego professor who studies disobedience gains followers - and
investigators By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times:

Ucsd Hacktivism "Affective - Not Effective!" - Fox News Video:

Letters of support:

Open letter from the Visual Arts Department (UCSD)

Open letter from the UCSD Faculty Coalition:

Letter Of Support Started At Duke University:

Many other letters of support can be found at:


Stop the De-tenuring of Ricardo Dominguez

Thank you so very much for your continued support.

Ricardo Dominguez, Electronic Disturbance Theater/b.a.n.g lab

Ricardo Dominguez
Associate Professor
Hellman Fellow

"Another University is Possible"

Visual Arts Department, UCSD
Principal Investigator, CALIT2
Co-Chair gallery@calit2
CRCA Researcher
Ethnic Studies Affiliate
Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies Affiliate

Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics,
Board Member

University of California, San Diego,
9500 Gilman Drive Drive,
La Jolla, CA 92093-0436
Phone: (619) 322-7571

Project sites:

micha cárdenas / azdel slade

Co-Author, Trans Desire / Affective Cyborgs, Atropos Press,
Lecturer, Visual Arts Department, University of California, San Diego
Lecturer, Critical Gender Studies Program, University of California, San Diego
Artist/Researcher, UCSD Medical Education
Artist/Theorist, bang.lab,

  • Michael Szpakowski | Mon Jul 12th 2010 6:51 p.m.
    I'm a little shocked that this case hasn't aroused more comment here & more than a little disappoitnted it doesn't seem to have been covered by the Rhizome staffers, especially when I think of the generous response to the JoyWar events and to the attacks on Steve Kurtz a few years back.
    The question of peer/community support aside, even *journalistically* it should surely be a major issue that someone faces loss of tenure and a possible criminal investigation over art related activities.

    Here's a couple more documents that give some background to the case:

    This is as much as I know. If anyone has more recent or just more information it'd be useful to have it in the public domain...
  • Eduardo Navas | Mon Jul 12th 2010 8:14 p.m.
    I wrote about this sometime back:

    I share the link as the videos and other resources mentioned should still be relevant to become initially informed.

    Eduardo Navas
  • nick | Wed Jul 14th 2010 2:25 a.m.
    Nope, no discussion of the Dominguez case here. If you want to see an archive of a spirited discussion and defense of bang lab's work, see the April thread on the -empyre- list (some great posts spill over into the beginning of May as well):
  • Michael Szpakowski | Wed Jul 14th 2010 1:13 p.m.
    But this:

    -empyre- is not a chat space, nor an announcement or self promotion list, nor online performance space, and doesn't accept HTML formatted email or attachments on the list. The facilitators reserve the right to not publish posts that disregard these guidelines, or the current month's topics, disrespect the featured guests, or monopolize the forum either via individuals or group, and may unsubscribe anyone consistently doing so.

    is a price way too high to pay!

    I want Rhizome, which I love dearly & perhaps too sentimentally, to do the right thing...

    • nick | Wed Jul 14th 2010 5:18 p.m.
      True, but -empyre- has different goals, a different subset of participants, and, yes, different community standards. Ideally spaces like -empyre- and the old-style rhizome would flourish jointly, but given the current restrictions on posting here the full potential of cross-list continuations of discussions is not being enjoyed.
  • marc garrett | Wed Jul 14th 2010 1:20 p.m.
    I want Rhizome, which I love dearly & perhaps too sentimentally, to do the right thing... "

    Too late...
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