The Electronic Disturbance Theater

Transborder Immigrant Tool installation

The Electronic Disturbance Theater 1.0 (EDT) group (Ricardo Dominguez, Brett Stalbaum, Stefan Wray, and Carmin Karasic) developed Virtual-Sit-In technologies in 1998 in solidarity with the Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico. Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0 (Brett Stalbaum, Micha Cardenas, Amy Sara Carroll, and Elle Mehrmand) developed the Transborder Immigrant Tool (a GPS cellphone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico–U.S border which won the Transnational Communities Award in 2008, an award funded by Cultural Contact, Endowment for Culture Mexico–U.S. and handed out by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico), which is also funded by the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (CALIT2), as well as two Transborder Awards from the UCSD Center for the Humanities. Transborder Immigrant Tool was exhibited at the 2010 California Biennial (OCMA), Toronto Free Gallery, Canada (2011), as well as a number of other venues around the world. The project was under investigation by the U.S. Congress in 2009/2010, and also reviewed by Glenn Beck in 2010 as a gesture that with its poetry potentially “dissolved” the U.S. border.