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Call to Action

Artists and writers must be brought back into the bosom of the community, or at least, if the latter is considered to be ill, they must be assigned the task of healing it.

~ Jean-Francois Lyotard, French Philosopher and Literary Theorist

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.

One reply on “Call to Action”

It starts with the devaluing of anything unable to qualify official knowledge of Science/Math. It continues with nurturing a sense of growing suspicion (Google Steve Kurtz) towards all creative energy manifesting into piece/performance(s) etc. It forces artists/writers/filmmakers/sculptors to feel unwelcome, experience exploitation, erasure, oppression. Food jumps from our plates. Blankets retreat from our naked bodies. It gets ugly.

When we speak of healthcare in this country, this world, we can’t forget the innumerable benefits reaped when a person retracts a learned pattern of self-destruction just to feel a poem (or a line within). How lofty and astringent our society has come to be, teetering on multigenerational amnesia, in regards to the simple medicine of The Story told. Any Story, through any medium, has the regenerative capacity to heal and usually does. Let’s not only make room, let’s demand room. A Call to Action, for sure.

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