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Beyond the Life Cycle of the Object at Mouse Conference 2021

Image description: A flyer of Apple computer mice configured to look like a flower or star. The names of presenters of the Mouse Conference 2021 adorn the sides of the flyer that has a bright green border.

On April 29 & 30, 2021, the Computer Mouse Conference 2021 launched 🐁 and it was one of my favorite events, by far, this year. I truly enjoyed giving my talk. It was also an incredible line up of speakers that gave lectures and video performances. There were also live panel discussions, writing, a live zine (by Neta Bomani! WOW WOW WOW), and a computer mouse tear-down workshop that posed the question to participants of what does the mouse see? 🐭

My presentation was titled “Beyond the Life Cycle of the Object,” which was inspired by Lisa Nakamura’s essay Indigenous Circuits and artist and poet Janice Lobo Sapigao’s work Microchips for Millions.

It was presented by Culture Hub and organized and moderated by Emma Rae Bruml and Ashley Jane Lewis. With support from @processingorg, @mediaarchaeologylab, and @the.coding.train 💙

By Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina American writer, artist, and educator whose academic and research interests include feminist media histories, critical medical anthropology, technology, race, and ethics. She is a Ph.D. student in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow. She received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco. Her work as been exhibited at Ars Electronica, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the GLBT Historical Society.

Her writing appears in art21, Art in America, Ars Technica, Hyperallergic, Rhizome, Vice Motherboard, and SF MOMA’s Open Space. 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. She is a co-founder of REFRESH, a politically-engaged art and curatorial collective and serves as the Executive Director for the Processing Foundation.

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