Blueshift – Transborder Immigrant Tool/La herramienta transfronteriza para inmigrantes

Blueshift Series on Ctheory is presenting: Transborder Immigrant Tool/La herramienta transfronteriza para inmigrantes

Transborder Immigrant Tool Book 2015

An innovative series of open access, digital texts exploring key themes in political and social theory, the body, science and technology, art, and critical aesthetics.

Life is a breath away from ice-jammed fate and concrete edges, black and white dreams and shredded consequences.

Like the high velocity approach of a massive object from the spectrum of digital space and time that surrounds us, technology has suddenly blueshifted, moving closer and closer to the epicenter of the contemporary human condition. A digital wave that is energized by its increasingly short iterations, signaled by its disruptions and perturbations, and tangibly felt by its aura of cold to the color blue. Already visible in the cerulean sky of data are new constellations of the future, waiting to be interpreted for their political implications and social entanglements by writers and artists involved in the BLUESHIFT SERIES.

New Transborder Immigrant Tool Book and E-book (Available now).

Transborder Immigrant Tool Book 2015


The Transborder Immigrant Tool/La herramienta transfronteriza para immigrantes book by Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab is now available as an e-book and the hardback will be sent for free to libraries across the Americas. The book contains all the code of the Transborder Immigrant Tool and the 24 poems that make up “The Desert Survival Series.” (The book is in Spanish and English).The Transborder Immigrant Tool (TBT) by Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab is a last mile safety device designed to aid the disoriented of any nationality in a desert environment. The project’s interactive platform was developed and tested in southern California’s Anza- Borrego Desert State Park from 2009 to 2012. Its code, included in this volume, is executable when and if one adds the coordinates of functional water caches to its poetic program. Its poetry, another executable code included here, comprises TBT’s desert survival series.

Computer code: Walkingtools Laboratory (Brett Stalbaum and Jason Najarro)

Statement: Amy Sara Carroll

Statement translation: Natasha Hakimi Zapata

Poetry: Amy Sara Carroll

Poetry translations: Francheska Alers-Rojas, Julieta Aranda, Elizabeth Barrios, Iván Chaar-López, Orquídea Morales, Omar Pimienta, and Mary Renda

Book design: Parisa Ghaderi

ONA series coordinators: John Cheney-Lippold and Tung-Hui Hu

Mil gracias to the members of the University of Michigan’s Rackham graduate student and faculty interdisciplinary workshop—the Border Collective—for their unflagging commitment to collaboration, to Paula Poole for her desert and design wisdoms, to Water Station and Border Angels for their humanitarian efforts, to John Cheney-Lippold, Parisa Ghaderi, and Wendy Sung for their critically creative coordination of this volume’s publication, and to Bonnie Applebeet, Larry La Fountain-Stokes, and Kristy Rawson for their Spanish and English proofreading.

Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab: Micha Cárdenas, Amy Sara Carroll, Ricardo Dominguez, Elle Mehrmand, and Brett Stalbaum

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Intimate Cosmologies: The Aesthetics of Scale in an Age of Nanotechnology


From Sept. 15 to Dec. 22, the 2014 Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) Biennial, “Intimate Cosmologies: The Aesthetics of Scale in an Age of Nanotechnology,” will feature several events and principal projects by faculty and student investigators and guest artists – artist-in-residence kimsooja and media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer – working in collaboration with Cornell scientists and researchers. Others artists examining the material and culture of nano science included in the exhibtion are Paul Thomas and *particle group* collective with Ricardo Dominguez, Diane Ludin, Amy Sara Carroll (Cornell MFA ’95) and Nina Walsman.

The inaugural biennial theme was chosen to frame dynamic changes in 21st-century culture and art practice, and in nanoscale technology. The multidisciplinary initiative intends to engage students, faculty and the community in demonstrations of how radical shifts in scale have become commonplace, and how artists address realms of human experience lying beyond immediate sensory perception.

By Invitation Only – August 9 to November 2, 2014


Azra Aksamija (BiH – USA)
Sergio De La Torre (MX – USA)
Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab
Anja Franke (DK)
Dor Guez (IL)
Miki Kratsman (IL)
Rikke Luther (DK)
Carlos Motta (CO – USA)
Camilo Ontiveros (MX – USA)
Omar Pimienta (MX – USA)
Susan Silton (USA)

Curated by Lucía Sanromán

InstantHERLEV institute (IHi)

E-Graffiti Action in Solidarity with the Zapatistas – May 24th, 2014


E-Graffiti acción en solidaridad con los Zapatistas

Un proyecto del Teatro de Disturbio Electrónico


Queridos compañerxs,

Instamos a todos a recordar, llorar y actuar.

Por favor únase a nosotros en un día rendimiento masa colectivo en solidaridad con los Zapatistas y en memoria de José Luis Solís López (Galeano) que recientemente fue asesinado por los seguidores de el mal gobierno. Juntos, participará en un rendimiento/graffiti en línea conceptual y escribirá el texto de todas las 700 páginas de “Don Quijote” y “El Dolor y La Rabia” (comunicado reciente Marcos), y un número de otro textos, a los registros de error del servidor que aloja el sitio web del Presidente de México muchas veces, dependiendo de cuántos individuos y grupos participen. A través de la generación masiva de errores 404, colectivamente estableceremos una matriz performativa que imagina libros y comunicados en luto y acción.

Le pedimos a Tod@s a descargar los archivos HTML en tu escritorio (mucho mejor táctica) y use uno de cualquier navegador clic index.html o pulsando directamente esta url:

Dejar la acción actuando en el fondo como te unes a nosotros en las calles, montañas y nubes en recordación, luto y acción.

Zapata Vive! La Lucha Sigue!

Con Amor y Rabia,

Teatro de Disturbio Electrónico y camaradas



E-Graffiti Action in Solidarity with the Zapatistas

A project of the Electronic Disturbance Theater


Dear Compañer@s,

We call on all of you to remember, mourn, and act.

Please join us in a day-long mass collective performance in solidarity with the Zapatistas and in memory of José Luis Solís López (Galeano) who was recently assassinated by followers of the mal gobierno (the “bad government”). Together, we will participate in a conceptual online performance/graffiti and will write the text of “El Dolor y La Rabia” (Marcos’ recent communique), all 700 pages of “Don Quixote”, and a number of other text to the error logs of the server that hosts the website of the President of Mexico many times over, depending on how many individuals and groups participate. Through the mass generation of 404-errors, we will collectively establish a performative matrix that imagines books and communiques in mourning and action.

We ask Tod@s to download the HTML files on to your desktop (a much better tactic) and use any browser by clicking index.html or by clicking directly this url:

Once open, leave the e-action performing in the background as you join us in the streets, mountains, and clouds in remembrance, mourning, and action.

Zapata Vive! La Lucha Sigue!

Con Amor y Rabia

Electronic Disturbance Theater and Comrades

Zapatista Call to Action:

UMOCA Presents TBT in “In Motion: Borders and Migrations”


May 16 – September 27, 2014 in the Street Gallery
Opening Reception and Live Performance: May 16 from 7 to 9 PM

Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art is proud to announce In Motion: Borders and Migrations, a group exhibition that addresses the U.S.-Mexico border and its unique geographic, political, social, and aesthetic contexts.

The works in the show complicate definitions of this demarcation as a fixed and knowable boundary line between nations. In Motion: Borders and Migrations offers audiences an alternative to popular media perspectives on the border and to the cultural give-and-take that occurs there.

Though often framed as a site of tension, the international line between the United States and Mexico is a dynamic location that has generated a distinct artistic culture often overlooked in media coverage. The specific economic, political, and visual circumstances of the border have produced aesthetically compelling, socially engaged artistic practices on both sides of the line. Featuring photography, painting, video, sculpture, sound and performance pieces, In Motion: Borders and Migrations presents diverse perspectives on what it means to experience and move across the border, both physically and symbolically.

In Motion: Borders and Migrations features local and international artists including: Diego Aguirre, Rocio Boliver, Margarita Cabrera, Caleb Duarte, Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab, Marcos Ramirez ERRE, Ingrid Hernandez, Jesse Lerner, V. Kim Martinez, Yoshua Okón, Jorge Rojas, Rosario Sotelo, Glenn Weyant, and Alejandro Zacarias.

In addition to the exhibition, the opening night reception will feature a live performance piece by Caleb Duarte, created for In Motion: Borders and Migrations. The piece will be filmed and displayed through video for the remaining run of the exhibition.

In Motion: Borders and Migrations was formed in collaboration with University of Utah professor, Elena Shtromberg and students in the course “Visual Culture along the U.S./Mexico Border.”

Micha Cardenas at antiAtlas

Micha Cardenas: The transborder immigrant tool, science of the oppressed
Posted by antiAtlas on Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Micha Cardenas (University of Southern California, USA)

Science of the Oppressed, a term first used by the feminist philosopher Monique Wittig, and later adopted by the “artivist” collectives *particle group* and the Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0, proposes an approach to knowledge production that does not claim an objective stance, or a profit motivated stance, but is informed by an experience of oppression and is aimed at creating social justice. In this performative talk I will discuss my collaboration with the Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0 to create the Transborder Immigrant Tool, a dislocative media tool and media virus designed to provide poetic and physical sustenance to people crossing the Mexico/US Border. My work on this project led to my own further practices of Science of the Oppressed on a later project called Local Autonomy Networks / Autonets with the aim of building community based networks, both digital and post-digital, to prevent violence against transgender women of color, disabled people and sex workers. Autonets extends Science of the Oppressed with Femme Science and Femme Disturbance through relationship building as a strategy to build a world without prisons.

Arte Útil Conversations: Amy Sara Carroll & Ricardo Dominguez Present “Transborder Immigrant Tool”

Sara Carroll and Ricardo Dominguez, two artists in the The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT) collective, explore the development and usage of The Transborder Immigrant Tool (TBT), a GPS cellphone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico/U.S. border. Arte Útil Lab co-curator Adrianne Koteen introduces this work in light of the concept and criteria ofArte Útil.


Border Art Research: Visible Borders, Invisible People, and the Transborder Immigrant Tool


In 1995 the Border Research and Technology Center (BRTC) was opened; it is operated by Sandia National Laboratories, located in San Diego, California. BRTC works with Homeland Security, the U.S. Customs Service and Border Patrol, the U.S. Attorney offices, and law enforcement agencies to strengthen technology capabilities and awareness on U.S. borders. BRTC also works on joint ventures to identify technologies that will stop the flow of undocumented people crossing the Mexico–U.S. border, and is currently participating in a project to detect heartbeats of people concealed in vehicles or other containers. Nine years later (2004) b.a.n.g lab (stands for bits, atoms, neurons, and genes) in collaboration with Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0 (EDT) started developing a border art and technology research center at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (CALIT2), a $400 million academic research institution jointly run by the University of California, San Diego, and the University of California, Irvine, that would develop a counter-aesthetic and critical technology to disturb the border technologies that programs like BRTC were developing.

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