Call to Action

Artists and writers must be brought back into the bosom of the community, or at least, if the latter is considered to be ill, they must be assigned the task of healing it.

~ Jean-Francois Lyotard, French Philosopher and Literary Theorist


Author: Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina-American writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, 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 serves as one of the editors-in-chief for Hyphen magazine. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, and SF MOMA's Open Space. She has lectured at the De Young museum, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. 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 (2016). She is currently a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts fellow researching the concept of citizenship. She also serves as executive staff for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism and board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center.

1 thought on “Call to Action”

  1. It starts with the devaluing of anything unable to qualify official knowledge of Science/Math. It continues with nurturing a sense of growing suspicion (Google Steve Kurtz) towards all creative energy manifesting into piece/performance(s) etc. It forces artists/writers/filmmakers/sculptors to feel unwelcome, experience exploitation, erasure, oppression. Food jumps from our plates. Blankets retreat from our naked bodies. It gets ugly.

    When we speak of healthcare in this country, this world, we can’t forget the innumerable benefits reaped when a person retracts a learned pattern of self-destruction just to feel a poem (or a line within). How lofty and astringent our society has come to be, teetering on multigenerational amnesia, in regards to the simple medicine of The Story told. Any Story, through any medium, has the regenerative capacity to heal and usually does. Let’s not only make room, let’s demand room. A Call to Action, for sure.

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