The Art and Culture Critic: Examining the Expanding Role of the Writer in Arts and Technology, a panel presentation organized by Dorothy Santos
In conversation, The Art and Culture Critic: Examining the Expanding Role of the Writer in Arts and Technology Ben Valentine and Dorothy Santos will discuss art criticism that encourages dialogue and discourse within the open Internet. They will explore topics such as the journal publication model, fact and logic checking, the editing process within the contemporary cut-and-paste culture. They would like to discuss flat space models that encourage quality peer-editing and allowance for the gestation of good ideas versus ownership of ideas. Publication spaces and technological solutions as a basis for critical discussion that incorporate social networking models for productive use.


: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: ZERO1 Garage
439 S. 1st Street, San Jose


More about the presenters:

Ben Valentine is a culture creator, critic, and curator. From the Midwest, Valentine sought to be a part of exciting conversations around culture by immersing himself online. After living in New York for two years working as a writer and artist assistant, he moved to the Bay Area seeking a compromise between his passion for social work and art. He has curated for the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, co-curated the Tumblr Art Symposium, and worked with Creative Time. Valentine also serves as a regular contributor for Hyperallergic, Idiom Mag, C-Monster, and The Civic Beat. Currently, he works with Americorps VISTA with United Way of the Bay Area.

Tumblr Art Symposium - Press links included on
Global Space for the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art 

Dorothy Santos is a freelance art writer, blogger, curator, and visual & critical studies geek. Born and raised in San Francisco, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco. As arts editor and curator of Asterisk San Francisco Magazine + Gallery and blogger for ZERO1: Arts and Technology Network and Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA), she enjoys writing about artists and engaging with the community. Her work appears in ArtPractical, Stretcher, Creative Applications Network, Daily Serving, and Planting Rice. She serves as a Board Member for the SOMArts Cultural Center and currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies from the California College of the Arts. Her research emphasis is on computational aesthetics, programming, coding, and open source culture and their effects on contemporary art.

Theorizing the Web 2013
Free Form Film Festival - Director of New Media
Critical Riot (In progress)
Publications: Asterisk SF, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Planting Rice, Creative Applications, Blogging for GAFFTA and ZERO1, etc.


The Art and Culture Critic: Examining the Expanding Role of the Writer in Arts and Technology is part of ZERO1 summer program BRING IT! Each week this summer, we’re handing  over the ZERO1 Garage to innovative artists and community members who are pushing the boundaries of digital culture, using art to address real-world social challenges, and contributing to the community of creativity and innovation that Silicon Valley is known for.