10K Hours of Practice

Tonight, the Processing 101 class at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA) concluded and after the 4-day course, I know the (very) basics of Processing, which is a programming language developed for the visual artist in mind. The course was taught by extraordinary teacher, Ben Chun. The primary reason I decided to participate was to learn and engage with the very technology used by new media artists and I figured learning and exploring the language would inform my writing and reflections. The course has, absolutely, done that. Chun reminded the class that programming takes (a lot of) practice. Specifically, he mentioned practicing for approximately 10,000 hours in order to master a skill, which I whole heartedly believe. I think I found me a new hobby, folks…

Now…only 9,992 hours of Processing and Creative Coding practice…and so it begins. 🙂

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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.

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