Participating in the Big Art Group’s project, The People – SF, was a great experience. One of my dear childhood friends, Ricky Castaneda (fellow SF native and future lawyer) asked me to interview and discuss issues about community, democracy, war, and terrorism. Watching the opening night of The People – SF, I must say my favorite parts of the overall presentation involved hearing other locals’ thoughts on the aforementioned concepts. Truthfully, I wished the piece focused more on the interviews only because I found them the most provocative portions of the overall piece (NO, I did not want to see more of myself, just wanted to put that out there [Insert smiley face with tongue sticking out]). Rather, I wanted to hear more from the interviewees and hear their experiences and stories, which make San Francisco the vibrant and diverse place that cultivates a strong sense of community and awareness of these issues. Overall, I was/am proud I was able to represent my city ~ San Francisco.
Dorothy R. Santos
Dorothy R. Santos (she/they) is a Filipino American writer, artist, and educator whose academic and research interests include feminist media histories, computational media, critical medical anthropology, technology, race, and ethics. She is a Ph.D. candidate 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. She is an advisor for Brooklyn-based arts and tech organization POWRPLNT and Bay Area-based arts organization slash arts.