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The Imperial UniversityAcademic Repression and Scholarly Dissent$
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Piya Chatterjee and Sunaina Maira

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680894

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680894.001.0001

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UCOP versus R. Dominguez: The FBI Interview

UCOP versus R. Dominguez: The FBI Interview

A One-Act Play á la Jean Genet

(p.343) 14 UCOP versus R. Dominguez: The FBI Interview
The Imperial University

Ricardo Dominguez

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter provides an account of the FBI interview with Ricardo Dominguez, a cofounder of EDT (Electronic Disturbance Theater) 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab and an associate professor in the visual arts department of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). EDT lab released the first iteration of the Transborder Immigration Tool (TBT), a mobile-phone technology that provides poetry to immigrants crossing the U.S.–Mexico border while leading them to water caches in the Southern California desert. In 2010, the project caused a controversy on the American political scene, and the artists of EDT/b.a.n.g. lab were investigated by three Republican congressmen and the University of California, San Diego. The FBI was seeking to frame the performance as a federal violation, a cybercrime, based on UCOP (University of California Office of the President) stating that they lost $5,600 because of the disturbance.

Keywords:   FBI, interview, Ricardo Dominguez, EDT 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab, University of California, federal violation, cybercrime

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