▓▓Filtering Failure ▓▓▒▒▒▒ ▒▒ ▒▒ ░ ░ ░
a culture that is continuously accelerating, filters have become a
primal commodity. We use them both to open and to close ourselves to or
from any kind of possible information. Filters are ubiquitous. However,
we only realize their presence when we lack them or when they fail our
expectations. On the other hand, modern digital cultures are inseparable
from keywords like functionality, smoothness, order and progress.
Interaction designers, programmers and interface developers all work
together to understand and execute these mantras. But to really
understand these keywords, they have to be defined in relation to what
they are not. A successful product designer does not design for the
average customer, but instead for the marginal, extreme customer;
because when taking the margins as the rule, the middle will take care
of itself. ! This is why studying the qualities of disfunction,
irregularities, breaks, disorder, damage or even demolition are as
important in the development of a new technological product as the
researching of its perfect flows and this is also one of the reasons why
I think it is important to study failure. The concepts of perfection
and failure are a tradeoff of each other. If we want to understand and
pursue perfection - we can find this in the pursuit of failure.
exhibition Filtering Failure investigates (the connections between) the
procedural terms ‘filtering’ and ‘failure’ and how in (lo-fi) digital
arts these terms are being re-invented and re-used. The exhibition asks
how Filtering and Failure co-exist; and how these processes influence
The exhibition includes new and older works from the
avant-garde of glitch artists. These works show the filtering of failure
as a generative process, but also to unfold a genre that includes many
the different envelopes of personal ways of dealing with failure.
Filering Failure is curated by Julian van Aalderen and Rosa Menkman.
Paul Davis (US/UK)
Benjamin Gaulon (IR/FR)
Gijs Gieskes (NL)
Karl Klomp (NL)
Jon Satrom (US)
Filtering failure is an initiative of PLANETART and GOGBOT in collaboration with Rosa Menkman and Julian van Aalderen
Powered by gem. Enschede, Blacklabel Records & Eurotrash Brewery.
Opening: 25th of Februari with live visuals by vj the c-men (Enschede):
Julian van Aalderen, Sjors Trimbach & Edwin van Aalderen
The exhibition is open from Monday to Friday between 14:00-17:00 and
will run from the 28th of February to the 1st of April 2011).