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2012: Year of the GLI.TC/H

What happens when accidents become the building blocks of the art-making process?

Glitches point toward new ways of seeing the world, an echo or document of the technology, politics and humans that co-produce them. Both Phillip Stearns' "Year Of the Glitch" and James Bridle's "New Aesthetic" blogs yearn for a newer 'New Media', one made of the mediums themselves, just as Marshall McLuhan would have wanted.

In a technical sense a glitch is the unexpected result of a malfunction, but glitch art looks at the most beautiful of these. Much like serendipity, exquisite tech-surprises often tug at our deeper understandings, and throughout history they form the basis of creative innovation. Intentional glitch-makers celebrate the magelijk in the machine; they chart unexpected beauty amongst chaotic landscapes.

This collaborative presentation program highlights artists who create beautiful problems by corrupting data, hacking signals, manipulating the medium, challenging the display.

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  1. How to find the wrong technology at the wrong time, put it in the wrong place, and make something utterly beautiful. How to FAIL even harder.
  2. When does “Oh shit!” turn into “Awe shiiit!"
  3. How to design a media curriculum that teaches critical thinking skills rather than rote technical training. How to educate artists when techniques have become commodities? 
  4. What do ruptures and glitches expose within systems? How to watch for them and what to do when you find them.
  5. Where’s the Art in glitch art? What happens when accidents become the building blocks of the art-making process?



Bishop Zareh, Senior Presentation Layer Developer, Razorfish

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