American Chia | The Chia Obama

Chia Obama

I couldn’t resist. Yes, this post is about the Chia Pet (random, I know). For the holiday season, the company has made a Chia Pet out of the President. Quite frankly I’ve always wanted one just because it’s such a novel way of getting into horticulture. Okay, so that’s not exactly true but the prospect of plant and sculpture all-in-one is pretty neat. A bonsai tree is so much work but that’s the plant I really want!

Anyway, the commercial served as a reminder to relax. I need more funny stuff to break up all the reading and writing. Laughing is good. I was reading this when I heard the all-too-familiar Chia commercial music while watching the morning news. I’m sure you want to hear about information societies, consumption, and production in the morning and NOT my musing on the latest Chia. 😉

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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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