Starfields, rainbow-hued beziers, and flying toasters: the whimsical sights of screensavers are iconic, nostalgic, and increasingly obsolete. Historian-turned-developer Rachel Weil discusses how screensavers influenced her work, spurring a years-long obsession with putting screensavers where they don't belong. Weil will share some of her projects, including a Node.js-powered tool that allows anyone to build a custom screensaver for the 1980s Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) game console.
Rachel Weil is an experimental designer whose work offers alternate visions of computer and video game history. She is the founder of FEMICOM Museum, co-organizer of indie games collective JUEGOS RANCHEROS, and a technical evangelist at Microsoft in Austin, Texas.