1996

I become interested in the politics of new technologies. I write extensively about "racism in the net" and develop the concept of "poetic and imaginary (or rather useless) technologies," meaning technologies with strictly aesthetic or ritual purposes. My colleagues and I begin to construct "Chicano cyborgs" with lowrider prosthetics and braces. The basic idea is: if we don't have access to this technology, we have to imagine it. 

Like many Chicano artists at the time, Roberto and I visit the Zapatista area. We travel through various military checkpoints posing as "eco-tourists."

City Lights publishes my next book New World Border, a collection of writings and photos from 1992 to '97. In this book, perhaps my most experimental, I develop my thesis of hybridity and my critique of global culture. The whole book reads like a hypertextual performance script. It  receives the American Book Award. Luis Valdez forgives my aesthetic sins. That same year, I begin a 3 year collaboration with Nuyorrican maestro Miguel Algarín.

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