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?

3 responses to “What’s in a name?”

  1. 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!

  2. 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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