Dorothy R. Santos is a Filipina American writer and artist whose academic interests include digital art, computational media, games, and biotechnology. 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 currently a Ph.D. student in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow. She is a co-founder of REFRESH, a politically-engaged art and curatorial collective and the program manager for the Processing Foundation.

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 Practical, 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.

Lower graphic by Omar Mohammad.

Archetypes and Invocations: The Language of the Everyday

As someone who worked in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry for 14 years, I didn’t realize how one set of rules around language would change my perspective on how I communicate and write stories. In particular, how do we follow the rules of language when we may not understand what is being communicated? How does one make another human being understand the importance of something they have yet to learn? In this talk, I will share with the audience my research in interactive fiction, text-based work, and a practice I engage in quite regularly-subversion through methodology.