The Ear Punch
In our activity, people use the ear punch to make a hole in the mouse’s ear to connect it to the passport. In carrying out the same movement as an animal technician might do, they can learn about the use of ear notching as a means of identification and source of tissue for genotyping, and it may (or not) raise an affective response as they metaphorically cut some of the body of the animal they’ve just created.
This step helped us become better colony cares as it stopped mice becoming separated from their passports, like the Lost. However, we wanted to bring this processes into the tactile performance and storytelling that the Mouse Exchange is built on.