How Can You Spell Care with Only 1s and 0s?

Romi Ron Morrison, Loren Britton
2021 Catalyst Feminism Theory Technoscience  
Ritual for Reading Be with this text on your computer, smartphone, tablet, piece of paper or whatever other device and pause for a moment. Take the chance to feel the humming of your processor, the ink on the page, the brightness of the screen and the contrast (or not) from this text with your surrounding environment. Choose how you want to enter into the text, will you sit? Lie down? Read out loud? Have the text read to you? Consider if you need a sip of something wet, check in with your body
more » ... nd when ready -begin. What follows is a conversation between artists and scholars Romi Ron Morrison and Loren Britton who have become friends since they met right before the Covid-19 pandemic. During this time of distance in space and time they have found themselves in multiple conversations over questions of who gets to have a life in the computational presents we are enmeshed within. Their shared interests lie in moments of everyday noticing, attention, and community processes that | Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience 7 (2) Morrison and Britton, 2021 2 form the capacity for greater resistance against algorithmic normalizations that continually foreclose life chances for those most vulnerable. Recently they have collaborated on the web plugin Soundings that is an invitation to willfully interrupt web browsing, and slow down. Both Morrison and Britton are members in the collaborative oracle(s) with Helen Pritchard and Eric Snodgrass, which is a practice of developing poetic technologies that might free ourselves from the computational practices of measurement, categorization, extraction and optimization. In this conversation there are interruptions by different emojis that pop into the text to introduce references or extra associations for our readers. These interruptions use emojis from Mutant.Tech that work towards an open source and more diverse emoji future. ("Infinity". Emoji description: A black and white emoji that is like the number '8' turned sideways to signal "infinity".) This comes up when we reference an idea directly from a scholar or artist. ("Moon Viewing Ceremony". Emoji description: A moon in the top right part of the emoji shines over a triangle and some plants.) This comes up when we have a little extra association or lagniappe.
doi:10.28968/cftt.v7i2.37643 fatcat:qj5by7jmyrdy5jxat4nv5bqjkm