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NORAD Tracks Santa

NORAD Santa Tracker!

Admittedly, I’m not the biggest fan of the holidays. HOWEVER, I can appreciate and get into all the things people do to keep the spirit of Christmas light and exciting. It’s ridiculously endearing to see the creativity and imagination involved in keeping the fantastical, well, fantastical!

I want to know the artist/animator/graphic designer who got a government job and tasked with creating the NORAD Santa Tracker. I mean, really, that’s quite a fun work project, if you ask me. Happy Christmas, Merry Festivus, Feliz Navidad, and Maligayang Pasko (this is Tagalog for Merry Christmas, just in case you didn’t know) to all! 🙂

Click here to track Santa sleigh ride around the world!

By Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina American writer, artist, and educator whose academic and research interests include feminist media histories, critical medical anthropology, race and technology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She is a Ph.D. student in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow. Her work as been exhibited at Ars Electronica, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the GLBT Historical Society.

Her writing appears in art21, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Ars Technica, Vice Motherboard, and SF MOMA’s Open Space. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture. She is a co-founder of REFRESH, a politically-engaged art and curatorial collective and serves as the program manager for the Processing Foundation.

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