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Happy New Year, Friends and Family!

The year 2012

It has been an amazing year filled with productivity, energy, and promise. This time last year, I was hoping and wishing for my writing to take me a few places. I had no idea I would be a contributing writer to some really wonderful organizations (i.e., ZERO1, Asterisk, and Hyphen – to name a few). I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting some phenomenal artists, gallerists, curators, bloggers, and writers. I even took part in The People SF!! Making connections and finishing up some major personal writing projects has been both challenging and engaging. Working with some of the best editors in the world that help make my voice stand out and be heard is the reason 2011 has been a fantastic year.

Friends and Family, most importantly, your confidence, support, and guidance in all of my endeavors has been immense. Even to folks who are friends from afar, I thank you. Trying to live out my passion as an art writer (on top of a 9-5 job) is taxing but it’s your kindness and encouragement (comments and feedback) that I’m able to improve and continue. You will definitely see some changes in 2012 and an even more motivated and driven Dorothy. Promise.

Again, cheers to you, your family, your success, and everything you hope and wish for in 2012. May it all happen and if things don’t pan out exactly the way you envisioned, please remember that you are exactly where you need to be. 🙂

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, race and technology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. 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. 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, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Ars Technica, 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 program manager for the Processing Foundation.

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