collaboration with lucas mascatello
a digital image of concrete, translated using audacity into an audio waveform, visualized as concrete forms. gallery Installation. 52”x160”, 1065lbs.
a custom vga cable, each color channel input rigged to a homemade microphone, enables participants' voices to be visualized on a crt monitor.
images generated by replacing all pixel data of a jpeg image with english text. humans may not be able to understand the image, but the content is not lost. these are direct translations from english to jpeg encoding.
"glitch is what you can just get away with!" -rosa menkman
"since, ordinarily, channels have a certain amount of noise, and therefore a finite capacity, exact transmission is impossible." -shannon weaver
"the fundamental problem of communication is that of reproducing at one point either exactly or approximately a message selected at another point. frequently the messages have meaning; that is they refer to or are correlated according to some system with certain physical or conceptual entities.these semantic aspects of communication are irrelevant to the engineering problem. the significant aspect is that the actual message is one selected from a set of possible messages. the system must be designed to operate for each possible selection, not just the one that will actually be chosen." -claude shannon
glitch studies manifesto 1. the dominant, continuing search for a noiseless channel has been – and will always be – no more than a regrettable, ill-fated dogma. 2. dispute the operating templates of creative practice. fight genres, interfaces and expectations! 3. get away from the established action scripts and join the avant-garde of the unknown. become a nomad of noise artifacts! 4. employ bends and breaks as metaphors for différance. use the glitch as an exoskeleton for progress. 5. realize that the gospel of glitch art also tells about new standards implemented by corruption. 6. force the audience to voyage through the acousmatic videoscape. 7. rejoice in the critical trans-media aesthetics of glitch artifacts. 8. employ glitchspeak (as opposed to newspeak) and study what is outside of knowledge. glitch theory is what you can just get away with! -rosa menkman
"malfunction and failure are not signs of improper production. on the contrary, they indicate the active production of the "accidental potential" in any product. the invention of the ship implies its wreckage, the steam engine and the locomotive discover the derailment." -paul virilio
"…transparency is necessary at times, but it is my belief that we need to rely on error, the accident, the glitch in our advanced yet confuted society if we are going to make technological and social progress." -Noah Eisenbruch
glitch art conference held at hampshire college on march 9, 2012. it marked the birth of the united glitch community at hampshire. inspired by the gli.tc/h 20111 conference, failfest incorporated open talks, lectures, demonstrations, curated screenings, hands-on activities and tutorials. we were delighted to be joined by evan meaney via skype for our keynote lecture.