What’s in a name?


Adjective: Relating to stimuli that are external to an organism.*


Adjective: Relating to stimuli produced within an organism, esp. in the gut and other internal organs.*
*From Google Dictionary

Searching for Dorothy Santos

A fellow blogger, Mo, asked me where I got my name, Extero/InterCeptive. It’s definitely worth answering but I didn’t think I’d have to answer so soon (thanks again, Mo)!The story is pretty short and sweet. I was looking to ‘brand’ myself as an art writer some time last year. I called myself, The Rambler. It didn’t stick. A rambler is someone who speaks (or writes) just to be heard but not necessarily having anything to say but I couldn’t really think of anything else. So, I stuck with The Rambler for a few months. My girlfriend was the catalyst for the name change. I mean, I’ll be honest, I talk a lot but I try to have a constant dialogue and try to conduct my research before delving into a full on conversation. She felt I needed something to describe the way I experience art and how I interact with folks in the art world. Wanting to be taken seriously but desiring a bit of flair, I came up with the idea of having a sixth sense. Curious to see what would come up when I searched ‘sixth sense’ (other than the M. Night Shyamalan movie), I found the terms exteroceptive and interoceptive. Basically, the terms were analogous to having some extra sensory capability and, well, I’ve always wanted to be a super hero. With a love for the arts, a passion for graphic novels, and fascination with comic book super heroes, I made myself the Extero/InterCeptive art writer. The writer with the sixth sense.

Let’s have some fun, shall we?

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, technology, race, and ethics. 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. She received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco. 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, Art in America, Ars Technica, Hyperallergic, Rhizome, 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 Executive Director for the Processing Foundation.

3 replies on “What’s in a name?”

Cool! Great brand and story Dorothy! I did wonder a bit myself about your handle, but I never looked up the words. Thats a great description about what Art can do… and that it affects you the way it does is just awesome! Great post!

Thanks so much for kind words. As much as I hate the idea of ‘branding’, I have to be memorable. I think that’s what most art writers/lovers/makers have to grapple with. THe idea that you need to be memorable to someone, anyone. It’s a challenge to be confident and unique in a world where everyone has access to, well, everything. Yet, it’s offering up your own stories and experiences that make, at the least the art world, such a wonderful place to be. Then again, I’m quite the optimist and think there’s room for all stories! Thanks again, das!

Very cool! Why am I only seeing this for the first time today? I have had some suspicions for a while now that the wordpress subscription thingy doesn’t work very well. Anyway, I think I’m getting it. There’s perception and proprioception and now these. Very good! And thank you for answering my question. 🙂

P.S. Don’t hate the idea of branding! It’s only bad if you rely on it to do your work for you.

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