Errorerrorerror (2011)

Curated by Jon Hom
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The only thing that excites me more than when I can get technology to work is when I can get technology to do something completely unexpected. When I was three, nothing scared me more than when my Sega Genesis froze and started looping half a second of music until it started to sound demonic. But I think there’s something beautiful about the art that malfunctioning or misused electronics can make. All of the artwork I have chosen for my art exhibition incorporates misused or malfunctioning hardware or programs to create distorted and unpredictable pieces. Rosa Menkman created the visuals for “Radio Dada” by creating a feedback loop with her camera, then glitching the data by changing the format of the recording. By experimenting with frequencies by moving a radio around the room, Extraboy created part of the soundtrack for the video. Menkman abuses glitches while converting the format of the video, and both of the artists use their equipment nontraditionally in order to produce their work. The resulting video reveals colors clashing with each other and changing forms in order to create a mysterious and chaotic perfection. Accompanied with the abrasive static that pulses in and out, the artwork overloads the senses and invites the viewer to lose himself in the experience. “44422435” experimented with manipulating code within a console which caused the system to glitch uncontrollably and in irregular patterns. Here, the console malfunctions (constantly near the end) to connect interactivity with complete instability. The piece also displays the fragility of technology, for altering parts of it the slightest bit can result in completely different behavior. “Infinite Glitch” appropriates digital media from around the internet and constantly mashes the data together into a distorted visual and aural video. Images constantly change and are layered over one another, the visuals glitch, and no context is ever given. The viewer may attempt to contextualize each bit of data that he observes, but the endless amount of data is too overwhelming. “Infinite Glitch” makes use of glitches to mix data in a random yet captivating manner. “text2image” converts text into an image “that is the digital translation of the input text.” The nontraditional use of text by its conversion into abstract art intrigued me and caused me to think more about the digitization of information. “GLITCH” (or the artwork found at takes programming code and displays it visually on a television. While the information is normally displayed as columns of white and black bars, detuning the television causes the visualization to bend and reveal bright colors. The alternate use of technology by using the TV tuner to distort the image and the placement of data in a context where it is not usually found both aid in creating these unusual images (see the Chroma gallery).

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