What’s in a name?

ex·ter·o·cep·tive/ˌekstərōˈseptiv/

Adjective: Relating to stimuli that are external to an organism.*

in·ter·o·cep·tive/ˌintərōˈseptiv/

Adjective: Relating to stimuli produced within an organism, esp. in the gut and other internal organs.*
*From Google Dictionary
 

Searching for Dorothy Santos

A fellow blogger, Mo, asked me where I got my name, Extero/InterCeptive. It’s definitely worth answering but I didn’t think I’d have to answer so soon (thanks again, Mo)!The story is pretty short and sweet. I was looking to ‘brand’ myself as an art writer some time last year. I called myself, The Rambler. It didn’t stick. A rambler is someone who speaks (or writes) just to be heard but not necessarily having anything to say but I couldn’t really think of anything else. So, I stuck with The Rambler for a few months. My girlfriend was the catalyst for the name change. I mean, I’ll be honest, I talk a lot but I try to have a constant dialogue and try to conduct my research before delving into a full on conversation. She felt I needed something to describe the way I experience art and how I interact with folks in the art world. Wanting to be taken seriously but desiring a bit of flair, I came up with the idea of having a sixth sense. Curious to see what would come up when I searched ‘sixth sense’ (other than the M. Night Shyamalan movie), I found the terms exteroceptive and interoceptive. Basically, the terms were analogous to having some extra sensory capability and, well, I’ve always wanted to be a super hero. With a love for the arts, a passion for graphic novels, and fascination with comic book super heroes, I made myself the Extero/InterCeptive art writer. The writer with the sixth sense.

Let’s have some fun, shall we?


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Author: Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos is a writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research areas and interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, networked culture, 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 the managing editor for Hyphen magazine. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, and Public Art Dialogue. She has lectured and spoken at the De Young museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” has been published to The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture in 2016. She serves as executive staff for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism, board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center, and teaches at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Digital Art and New Media department.

3 thoughts on “What’s in a name?”

  1. Cool! Great brand and story Dorothy! I did wonder a bit myself about your handle, but I never looked up the words. Thats a great description about what Art can do… and that it affects you the way it does is just awesome! Great post!

    1. Thanks so much for kind words. As much as I hate the idea of ‘branding’, I have to be memorable. I think that’s what most art writers/lovers/makers have to grapple with. THe idea that you need to be memorable to someone, anyone. It’s a challenge to be confident and unique in a world where everyone has access to, well, everything. Yet, it’s offering up your own stories and experiences that make, at the least the art world, such a wonderful place to be. Then again, I’m quite the optimist and think there’s room for all stories! Thanks again, das!

  2. Very cool! Why am I only seeing this for the first time today? I have had some suspicions for a while now that the wordpress subscription thingy doesn’t work very well. Anyway, I think I’m getting it. There’s perception and proprioception and now these. Very good! And thank you for answering my question. 🙂

    P.S. Don’t hate the idea of branding! It’s only bad if you rely on it to do your work for you.

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