documentation from GLI.TC/H conference/festival/gathering 2011

glitch != gltich art


glitch != error

a glitch is an unexpected moment in a system that calls attention to that system ( perhaps even brings to light aspects of that system that might otherwise go unnoticed )

glitch art is anytime an artist intentionally leverages that moment, by either recontextualizing or provoking glitches.

"recontextualized" glitch, the Art of Google Books by Krissy wilson

"provoked" glitch, =Shannon's Entropy by Evan Meaney

key word there is intention: artists do this for very different reasons:

to explore the aesthetic and conceptual potential of glitches...

to examine the politics embedded in technological systems...

to create digital psychedelic and/or synesthetic experiences...

to explore themes of failure, chance, memory, nostalgia, identity, entropy, etc...

glitch art != a medium

glitch art isn’t a medium so much as it is a way to approach media ( an ethic ). some glitch artists make videos, others make gifs, others do performance, others make prints or photos or textiles or sculptures, etc. the one thing all glitch artists agree on is the potential of that moment we call a glitch.

glitch art != aesthetic

lots of folks are attracted to the aesthetic, there’s something very xciting about glitch artifacts, the way a jpg “bends” the way pixels “bleed” “bloom” && “mosh” in temporally compressed videos, the way zalgo-use of super/subscript characters spill outside their text-boxes. these are aesthetics that are very particular to our digital information age + so there’s something that feels very contemporary about 'em ( && thats xciting ).

that said, we shouldn’t confuse these glitch artifacts/aesthetics with glitch or even glitch art as a whole. glitches look/sound/feel the way they do today b/c of the technology we have today, but the technologies of the future ( google glass? smart homes? amazon drones? ) might look/sound/feel entirely different when they glitch + have an entirely different aesthetic. so the artifacts will change with time but the glitch “ethic” remains the same

glitch art == ethic

the mistake is nothing wrong, the computer keeps working. something wrong still works, there's nothing wrong with something wrong


technology always comes w/ instructions && “best practices”, there’s a “right” way to use it + a “wrong” way. sometimes these instructed-ueses are more like rules or even legal doctrine ( in the case of terms && agreements ). but glitch artists often start by rejecting all those in favor of experimentation, “what happens if i do this instead? what am i not supposed to do with this technology?” this is the glitch ethic, its a way of working w/ technology that questions/challenges the expected / instructed-uses , it's about doing things the wrong way. that’s how u discover new ways to “glitch” as an artist, but also more generally new ways of using as a user, +thus new perspectives on the technologies && digital/network environments upon which we increasingly depend.

visiting artist


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