Dorothy Santos is...
a writer, thinker, connector, and visual & critical studies geek

She is a writer and researcher. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco. She currently serves as the arts editor for The New Asterisk Magazine and writes a column, Mouse and Motherboard, focused on artists and designers whose practices are at the intersections of arts and technology. Her work appears in Art Practical, Stretcher, Creative Applications Network, Daily Serving, Hyperallergic, the art21 magazine, and Planting Rice. She serves as a board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center. Currently pursuing her master’s degree in Visual and Critical studies from the California College of the Arts, her research areas include computational aesthetics, programming, coding, open source culture and their effects on contemporary art.

Her current research focuses on new media artists Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, John Craig Freeman, and Micha Cárdenas. She examines their use of the body as the site of interaction in relationship to architectural, augmented, and virtual spaces. Through her research of relational aesthetics, interaction through haptic technologies, and gamification, she argues the disruption and unorthodox applications of mass media technologies have the capacity to reveal obscured and marginalized narratives.