Glitches are the frustrating byproduct of technology gone awry. Wildly scrambled images, frozen blue screens, and garbled sounds signify moments where we want to throw our expensive computer products out the window. Many artists and programmers, however, have embraced these crisis moments and discovered beauty in the glitch. By hacking familiar systems, they intentionally cause glitches, and manipulate them to create art. Enjoying the aesthetics of technological mistakes defies the notion that technology and entertainment has to be a seamless experience. Most importantly, glitch artists reveal a certain soulfulness that emerges when complex streams of information, visual media, and our own lives converge in the chaos of the glitch.
A primer on the topic of New Aesthetic:
- The New Aesthetic site
- Wired: An Essay on the New Aesthetic
- The Creators Project: In Response To Bruce Sterling’s “Essay On The New Aesthetic”
- Gizmodo: What Is The New Aesthetic?
- The Atlantic: The New Aesthetic Needs to Get Weirder
- prosthetic knowledge: Problems with the #NewAesthetic
- Boing Boing: Bruce Sterling interviewed about the New Aesthetic
- Noise GIFs via GIF Movie Tumblr
- Make your own with the Glitch Generator. It’s that easy! I have an aching feeling things like this generator will kill the art of glitch like Cinemagram killed the meticulous art of cinemagraphs. Sigh.