Dorothy Santos is a writer whose research areas include computational aesthetics, programming, coding, open source culture and their effects on contemporary art. 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 currently serves as an editor for the New Asterisk magazine and The Civic Beat. Her work appears in Hyperallergic, Art21, Art Practical, Creative Applications Network, Daily Serving, Planting Rice, and Stretcher. She has lectured and spoken at the de Young Museum, San Francisco Art Institute, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and ZERO1: The Art and Technology Network. She also serves as a board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center.
Her thesis Narratives of Marginalized Bodies: Exploring Third Space in Contemporary New Media and Digital Art (2014) focused on new media and digital artists who interrogate the body as the site of interaction in relationship to architecture, augmented, and virtual spaces. Through her investigation of the body’s mediation through haptic technologies and virtual gamification, she argued that the unorthodox applications of mass media technologies reveal critical narratives of obscured and marginalized people.
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