Despite the start to 2022 being rather challenging, it’s been wonderful to reflect on all of the wonderful things that gave me hope this past year. One of the projects I had the pleasure and honor of working on was the development of Logic School (LS). Alongside good friend and collaborator, writer, artist, scholar, and author of Blockchain Chicken Farm, Xiaowei R. Wang (they/them), I had the privilege of bearing witness to the birth and flourishing of their brainchild!
As the Executive Director of Processing Foundation, I’ve learned a tremendous amount of knowledge and gained a lot of experience needed to run an organization, funding, development, program management, and community organizing. Taking all of the experience and allowing myself to work on projects such as LS have shown me that it is possible to dream and build something better. But it takes a an inordinate amount of work, care, intention, collaboration, openness, and willingness (to be wrong, to fail, and to learn) to bring it all to fruition. While the school was in session spring 2021, the LS yearbook was recently completed and it is remarkable and extraordinary. Please check out the inaugural yearbook here and read the transcription of my conversation with the one and only Xiaowei here. ♥️
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.