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Gray Area Foundation for the Arts Galvanize Gala

Aaron Koblin (Artist and Board Member), Peter Hirshberg (Chairman), and Josette Melchor (Executive Director & Founder)

While volunteering for the GAFFTA Galvanize Gala, I had the opportunity to meet Aaron Koblin before the big rush of people. Yes, was completely artist-struck and geeked out but he was incredibly sweet. I’m really happy I introduced myself because he noticed my GAFFTA Volunteer badge and thanked me for volunteering. Yet, another geek out moment happened when I met John Gage, he was extremely kind. Overall, seeing some of the Board Members and meeting GAFFTA Faculty was fantastic.

Eclectic Method

Eclectic Method DJed the event and I must say, I was pretty mesmerized by the pop culture montage. I captured some video and will post separately.


Finally, the GAFFTA bling created by talented artist Nicole Apetkar.

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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