This Hack Will Turn Your Computer’s Mouse Against You

January 30, 2013 | Andy Cush

Here’s one of the more awesomely infuriating apps you’ll ever see advertised: Moritz Greiner-Petter’s Tick, which commands your computer’s pointer to do loop-de-loops even when you’re moving your mouse in a straight line. According to Grenier-Petter, the idea is to get people taking stock of the programming that defines much of the ways we live our lives. From the artist:

TICK (TIC) tries to embed the notion of uselessness, extravagance and non-intentionality in programmed environments. The parasite application augments the interaction with your personal computer with arbitrary curly moves of your mouse cursor from time to time. The efficiency and accuracy of the machine is slightly infiltrated by generated quirk. Although beeing totally programmed itself it asks for how easily we allow for exceptions or irregularities in an increasingly programmed reality.

Download Tick here. Or if you’d rather take a look without actually dealing with a curlicue-obsessed mouse, check out this handy video demo.