spring 2003
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 FadeForward: A Streaming Silent Film Project for the Alternative Museum - 2003 TAM Digital Media Commissions
Ricardo Dominguez

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Statement: FadeFoward is a series of photographs and text from different Zapatistas events and actions during the last 3 years. The text is from poems, statements and interviews dealing the issue of indigenous autonomy in Chiapas, Mexico during since 2000. The text is presented in an automated manner to simulate a silent film from the future and the images must be found and touched with the mouse in order for them to emerge and fadeout on the screen.

FadeFoward ends with the silent film becoming sound film about a new recombinant reality beyond the Forth World War.

Bio: 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. (www.thing.net/~rdom) He is co-Director of The Thing (bbs.thing.net). He is a former member of Critical Art Ensemble (1987 to 1994), the originators of the theory of Electronic Civil Disobedience). He recently presented a 12 hour streaming media net.performance with Coco Fusco, entitled “Dolores from 10h to 22h” from Finnish Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma, in Helsinki (www.kiasma.fi/ars/dolores), 2002. Ricardo was a Fakeshop Worker from 1997 to 2000 (www.fakeshop.com), a hybrid performance group, that was one of the first net.art projects presented at the Whitney Biennial 2000. Dominguez has collaborated on a number of international net_art projects: among them are Dollspace, produced with Francesca da Rimini (www.thing.net/~dollyoko), and the Somatic_Architecture Project with Diane Ludin (www.thing.net/~diane), he is also an OS_slave for i_drunners (a Mistresses of Technology Project)– (www.idrunners.net). He has also collaborated with Jennifer and Kevin Mccoy (www.airworld.net) on a number of projects, and participated in "The Warhol Hijack" with the Verbal group (NYC). Ricardo is also founding member of nettime latino (nettime.org). He presented EDT's SWARM action at Ars Electronica's InfoWar Festival in 1998 (Linz, Austria). 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 (www.ctheory.org) and in " Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas," (Routledge, 2000), edited by Coco Fusco. He edited EDT's forthcoming book “ Hacktivism: network_art_activism”, (Autonomedia Press, 2003).