Art Writing and Criticism

Almost half way through the year…

Writing everyday for 365 days is taxing.

Emotionally (dealing with insecurities), intellectually (doubting rationales, statements, learning facts, and thinking critically), and physically (yes, typing non-stop and editing for a few hours is hard on the hands and wrists and eye strain from the laptop).

The experience has been both challenging and engaging. Challenging in that there’s ALWAYS something to write about but harnessing all of these nebulous thoughts swirling around in my brain on a daily basis can also be detrimental to the writing process. Of course, there are many days I’ve posted a photo, a link, a quote, or an excerpt of text but the WordPress postaday challenge is about being conscious of one’s writing practice.

In other words, I’m glad I took on the challenge and looking forward to the rest year…

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.

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