A running timeline of my MFA experience at UC Santa Cruz' Digital Arts + New Media program. For current adventures check out my blog, @the#.



receivership MFA SHOw

4/26/19 - 5/12/19 | Santa Cruz, CA

Digital Arts Research Center



    SPRING 2019

  • June 14, 2019


    I am a Master of the Fine Arts in Digital Arts + New Media. On to new horizons! But first, summer :)

  • June 6, 2019

    Featured Post

    I wrote a blog post about my thesis installation, and it was featured on Elburz tech blog. Check it out: Behind the Curtain with Zoe Sandoval.

  • May 14, 2019

    Oral Defense

    I successfully defended my thesis, Alchemy as Restorative Practice: A Case-Study of { remnants } of a { ritual }. Find snippets of my presentation here.

  • April 26, 2019

    MFA Show: Receivership

    The opening of my Master's thesis show, Receivership. I gave an artist's talk about { remnants } of a { ritual } and discusses my love for collecting, my family history, and a longing for a better Venezuela.

    WINTER 2019

  • March 17, 2019

    love letters to { }

    For Winter Open Studios I created an immersive installation that served as a prototype of my thesis - a way to playtest the interaction design and process of crystallation.

  • March 7, 2019

    La Pocha Nostra Workshop

    I had an incredible opportunity to participate in a two-day intensive workshop with the performance troupe La Pocha Nostra, led by Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Balitronica Gomez.

  • February 26, 2019

    Lighting + Color

    A continuation on research I had begun in Year 1 about the semiotics of color, it's relationship to lighting, and the design of my thesis installation: more here.

  • January 12, 2019

    Exhibition Closing

    With the beginning of the year, there were many transitions: the closing of Migratory Paths, start of a new quarter, new research adventures and more: reflecting & rewiring with the new year.

    Summer 2018

  • September 28, 2018

    Queerness & Games Conference

    Presented a post-mortem on creating { wish u were queer }, and its exhibition at a gallery. Saw some amazing games, a keynote by Mattie Brice, and more.

  • August 20, 2018

    Archival Research

    Spent some lovely time with family archiving my grandfather's negatives from when he was a photojournalist in Venezuela circa the 1940s-1970s.

  • July 9, 2018

    Future of Storytelling Summer Institute

    Worked as a creative producer on an augmented reality summer institute at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television.

  • June 28, 2018

    Visual Research

    Some beautiful explorations while in Mexico: Teotihuacan, La Casa Azul y el Museo Nacional de Antropología.

  • June 22, 2018


    Co-taught a workshop with Matthew Ragan in Mexico City that covered beginner, intermediate and advanced topics in TouchDesigner. Workshop details here.

    Spring 2018

  • June 8, 2018

    in { cantation } in { translation }

    My spring Open Studio's project: an encounter with a contemporary divination mirror based on the obsidian mirrors of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.

  • June 1, 2018

    Cultivamos Excelencia Research Symposium

    After 9 months, my mentees from San Jose City College completed their research and presented it at the end-of-year symposium.

  • April 27, 2018

    GSA Travel Grant

    I received some funding to reimburse travel for my artist residency last quarter!

  • April 19, 2018

    Exhibition Opening for Emerging Visions: Creative Practice at the Nexus of Freedom and Justice

    I showed two pieces at the Emerging Visions exhibition in UC Santa Cruz: { wish u were queer } and wellness wonder cabinet (an adaptation of my infinity cabinet from winter quarter). The exhibition runs April 19 to June 19, 2018.

  • April 14, 2018

    Accepted to the Queerness and Games Conference!

    Woooo - I'll be presenting at QGCon 2018 with a talk, Kaleidescopic Queer Futures: { wish u were queer }, and I'll also be showing my game at the arcade!

    Winter 2018

  • March 3, 2018

    Corporal Interactivo Residency

    A two-week residency in Buenos Aires, Argentina exploring the intersections of computer vision and live performance.

  • February 28, 2018

    Infinity Cabinet

    A fun project where I got to solder, program arduino, and experiment with projection for an infinity mirror / interactive cabinet.

  • February 25, 2018

    Inaguaral MIR Workshop

    Our first workshop, an introduction to Derivative TouchDesigner for DANM students at UC Santa Cuz - taught in collabration with Matthew Ragan.

  • February 12, 2018

    Re: A Gift that Could Never be Sent

    A piece about memory and timelessness, dedicated to my late grandmother Margot.

  • February 5, 2018

    { wish u were queer }

    A game about symmetry, identity and the fluidity of gender and sexual orientation. Players are invited to drag and drop pictograms of gender symbols and sexual relationships on a chromatic, ethereal landscape.

  • January 22, 2018

    Pre-Thesis Demo

    An interactive installation I made at the beginning of Winter Quarter as a representation of my thesis project. It included a projection mapped cabinet, TUIO markers and found objects.

    Fall 2017

  • December 8, 2017

    reflected | refracted

    My fall Open Studio project: a study in volumetric color space. Using responsive lighting through a gesture and movement, participants were able to control the color and lighting of the room around them.

  • November 28, 2017

    Idea Hub Grant

    My first grad school grant helped me start MIR: Materializing Interactive Research; a computing lab for artists and designers, that focuses on how physical, social play can meaningfully inform the ways we use sensing technologies in digital art and new media.

  • November 20, 2017

    Night Lights

    A group project for my electronics class: interactive night lights for dark pathways on UCSC's campus. Materials included laser cut wood, velum, LED RGBs and an arduino micro-controller.

  • November 13, 2017

    Live Design International Conference

    In November, I got the opportunity to attend LDI and help teaching a TouchDesigner workshop. I also got to see some great talks and meet industry professionals in live entertainment.

  • October 25, 2017

    DMX Light Research

    My initial research at UCSC began with a study of DMX lighting, color theory, and the RGB color space.

  • September 29, 2017


    I've started grad school at UC Santa Cruz' Digital Arts + New Media MFA program!

    I've written about my initial thoughts in a Week 0 post. Read more about my adventures on my blog: @the#.


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