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This summer has been extremely eventful. Amongst research, reading, writing, and just generally trying to get and keep my act together, I’m delighted that I’m the Blogger-in-Residence with art21!! Wow. I’m absolutely honored and thrilled about this opportunity. Please check it out and comment on the writing. I’m completely open to the dialogue and welcome it. While I don’t particularly care for disparaging remarks, if you disagree with anything I write, please comment. I invite you to offer up something you feel I overlook or ask a question. While the residency takes on a bit of an experimental platform writing-wise, I would love to yield recommendations of artists to look at as well as diverse views on artists, new media arts, and exploring the concept of networks (the theme for both July and August!). Happy Reading and, most importantly, thank YOU for your support. 🙂

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I know, I know. I’m killing you with cuteness, eh?

The Internet sure does offer some pretty awesome stuff. But the digital age has me living four lives (work, school, personal, and freelance). Every now and again, I need a cute kitten picture to help me get through all the theory, the spreadsheets, and freak-out moments, and community work. I stay busy. Thinking about the past year, I’ve done a lot of growing up. Even my voice has changed. I’m not so scared to speak up and no longer speak with trepidation. Next week will, officially, mark the end of my first year of graduate school. Although the first semester was marked by extreme sadness with the passing of my grandfather during midterms , acquiring more personal projects, and a recent move, it has been an incredible time of learning, self-reflection, and growth. Who needs sleep when there’s so much to do? Right? Side note: For the record, I do sleep (I get about 7 hours a night, please don’t ask how, I just do).

I’ll tell you about my projects and post regularly as soon as the summer hits. This was just a quick note to say everything is going well and like kitty, I’m bright-eyed and ready for the whatever comes my way for the rest of the year.

Love and terabytes,

Dorothy

Learning ProTools for audio and MIDI recording
Learning ProTools for audio and MIDI recording

Although wishing for 4 more hours in a day is futile, it probably wouldn’t be enough time for all the things I actually need to do (for work, school, and freelance projects). Yes. Call me crazy. Some of my friends think I’m pretty insane for trying to support a balance between the three but I guess it boils down to the feeling of productivity. I’m constantly thinking and the respite from any scholarly work is probably the gym or taking a walk between classes or walking meditation when I’m at work. In any case, I’m getting back into blogging and will be posting excerpts of work soon. Here are some of the great things that have happened:

  • During winter break, I learned my abstract was accepted as a part of the open panel submission to the Theorizing the Web 2013 (#TtW13) conference! It will be a great time to network, meet academics, artists, and writers working on research specifically about the Web, open source culture, and technology’s relationship to the Arts. I will be documenting my New York adventure on Instagram (deedottiedot), Twitter (@deedottiedot), and tumblr
  • A few days ago, I hosted a Wednesday Forum at the California College of the Arts. The forum is open to current graduate students, alumni, and faculty, interested in participating in a dialogue with writers, theorists, and/or artists actively working in Visual and Critical Studies. I had the pleasure of meeting and introducing Mabel O. Wilson. She now teaches at Columbia University in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Wilson discussed an essay she wrote for a conference on the “multi-cultural city” and meshed architecture, visual culture, and history into such a phenomenal project where she looked at Cabrini-Green (a public housing project that was located in Chicago’s Near North Side). I won’t go into it too much because I will be working on a recap of the event. Such an AMAZING scholar and so incredibly inspiring. She also recently published her book Negro Building – Black Americans and the World of Fairs and Museums (University of California Press, 2012.), which I plan on purchasing. Wishing I had it in hand so she could sign it for me…just means I need to see her again at some point in the future!
  • Through the graduate lecture series at school, my classmates and I attended a performative lecture by DJ Spooky. I snagged (thanks to the help of my dear classmate, Emily!) the book he edited a few years ago, Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture. He even signed it for me. Pretty excited to delve into the text since there are specific pieces that deal with open source and programming and their relationship to music and composing.
  • Asterisk SF’s music issue was released this past Janauary and I had the opportunity to curate a solo exhibition for David Molina! You can read the feature I wrote on his work and practice here.
Snagged a copy and a signature!
Snagged a copy and a signature!

It’s been pretty busy but always quite exciting stuff happening. Lastly, I’m FINALLY taking a grad elective where I can program. The course, Sound, Music, and Technology, gives me the chance to play around with different programming software but learn how to make music in the process. I’m hoping to get my act together at start keeping a journal of the creative process. The image above is something I’m working on for the class. We learned how to make different sound waves and manipulate pitch and noise to create timbres (among many other things). Let’s just say, I have a whole new appreciation for music!

Looking forward to sharing more with you soon! 🙂

Found this image on the net! Pardon the poor quality. I figured, if I were an actual bee, this is what I might look like, yes?

Wow, that is some powerful imagery, eh?

It’s true. I’ve been so swamped with work, both professionally and personally. The hectic schedule between my 9-5 and all the writing assignments has really taught me to manage my time well, organize, mobilize, and learn how to say ‘no’ to certain things. A few quick updates:

  • The Asterisk SF Art & Design Issue is available! Many sleepless nights but it was all worth it. It was a tremendous learning experience and helping artists gain more exposure was a great benefit of the overall work.
  • Blogging regularly for Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA)! I have volunteered with this organization for some time and its been wonderful to see and experience all the great things happening with this organization. It’s even more awesome meeting and corresponding with GAFFTA faculty who teach artists, musicians, and creative technologists a multitude of skills from programming to creative coding to integrating older and newer technologies (i.e., paper-based electronics!! Watch out for that post on the GAFFTA blog!). 
  • Still blogging with ZERO1 and anticipating the ZERO1 biennial!! The biennial will be from September to December 2012 and with so many amazing artists on the roster and pop-up exhibitions throughout the Bay Area, I’m really excited to write profiles for some of the biennial artists!! I won’t reveal them just yet BUT they’re doing some phenomenal things in arts and technology!!! Most importantly, I’m looking forward to facilitating a blogging workshop with ZERO1 art ambassadors. They are a young and talented bunch that will be covering the biennial events and festivities. It will be great working with them and seeing arts and technology through their eyes and perspectives.
  • Still working hard on all fronts BUT the greatest test will start in Septemeber…graduate school! Yup, you’re probably thinking, “Damn, this woman is crazy”. Well, yeah, you’re right. I’m one of those people who likes being busy BUT it’s time. I’m excited, anxious, nervous, and happy that I will be starting this new chapter in my life. Talk about “hit-the-ground-runnning”! I know, I’m filled with clichés. Horrible. I know but they’re easy and get straight to the point.

All right, if you have read this far…THANK YOU! Looking forward to the next few months and what will happen during the rest of the year. I’m curious, do you have something to share or ask? Well, drop me a line and let me know!! Thanks again for reading and your support!! Definitely means a lot. 🙂

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