Art Writing and Criticism


This will be short and sweet. Promise.

I went to dinner with a couple of amazing friends (who so happen to be a phenomenal couple) and they mentioned something very important. Taking time to take it easy. Lately, I’ve been a machine. Quite frankly, I’ve been feeling like this poor automaton…



Bottom line: There are certain things I see and believe I can take in when in reality, I need to take a step back. I’m maintaining a solid writing practice and loving my experiences BUT today I’m going start taking one evening every week to chill out. That will probably start around 6. Maybe 6:30. Perhaps, 7. 😀

PS: To those folks that remind me to take a break…Thank you so much for reminding me I need one. Sometimes, I forget.

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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