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Dominguez, Ricardo

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The idea for *b.a.n.g* lab started in 1986 when I first read The Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology By K. Eric Drexler. When I became a member of the Critical Art Ensemble (1987 - 1995) nanotechnology became part of the what we called the "performative matrix" that would emerge during the 90's. The "performative matrix" was divided into 3 stages of analysis, critique and aesthetic intervention: stage one, Digital Capitalism; stage 2, Genetic Capitalism; stage 3, Particle Capitalism (nanotech driven economies) by the end of the 90's. Each stage called for a different type of aesthetic interventions. As a new media performance artist I focused on Electronic Civil Disobedience during the mid and late 90's with my group the Electronic Disturbance Theater and the Digital Zapatista movement; meanwhile the rest of Critical Art Ensemble pursued the development of biointervention art; by the end of the 90's I attempted to develop work around nanotechnology but was never able to find support for the work - specifically around the issue of nanotoxicology and the unregulated use of primitive nanocarbons and nanotubes in a wide number of mass market products - that was at the core of the performative intervention I was seeking to stage.

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