Art Writing and Criticism

Writing Block the size of the Transamerica Building

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No joke.

I’ve got some serious writer’s block the size of the Transamerica Pyramid building. It doesn’t help that I imagine a block of this size wedged into the Temporal lobe of my brain. Granted, this is all imaginary but my brain is feeling the effects of overuse at this very moment. Overall, it has been a great week and I had the opportunity to meet some smart, innovative minds while volunteering at the Summer of Smart event @ Gray Area Foundation for the Arts. Amongst the Smart folks, I met journalist and SF GovFresh blogger, Jessica Pearce and Artist/Technologist/Development Community Manager for Speek, Matt Nolan. I even wrapped up the weekend interviewing talented painter, Aaron Nagel (by the way, he paints portraits of female nudes that some of you may find NSFW, just letting you know now before you click on his name). Tonight, I’ve been immersing myself in Ars Virtua‘s latest virtual exhibition look art.

The continual stream of information on art, new media arts, and looking at art history (modern and contemporary, as of late) and amassing all of this wonderful intellectual and visual information reminds me that I need to take a break every now and again. I’m feeling tired.

There, I said it. This energizer bunny needs a boost.

Fun fact: I don’t drink coffee (okay, fine, I drink tea but not everyday) and I don’t consume energy drinks. I really don’t want to resort to them either. All right, I’m going to attempt something relaxing tonight…

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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