Craft. Glitch. Two different things, right?
One is a beautiful art-form that all artists aspire to achieve and the other, a simply annoying computing error…right?
In the modernised world, even glitches have become have a craft in themselves, the result being- a completely altered meaning of what is a craft and how it is used.
Glitch Art: is the combination of “highly saturated rainbow stripes and white noise chopping up an image, pixelated video streams in which the subjects’ words don’t match up with the audio, shimmering and twitching spots in video games” (Roy, 2014) and the result looks a little something like this:
(this photo is from my Year 12 formal, for those wondering)
This interesting art form has shown the beauty of distortion in the world, by looking at it from a different (and warped) viewpoint it provides another side to society’s story. It shows that to achieve beauty, you do not need to aim for perfection but simply own the flaws within your own life and society as a whole and use them to your advantage.
This reminds me of #FEFO- Fail Early, Fail Often. Through the process of making many mistakes you will eventually achieve your goal and the glitch who had humble beginnings by starting out as a simple fault within computer systems has now proved that. Glitches now have a captive audience within society with it’s aesthetics and simple, misguided beauty.
I believe this can be linked back to “Medium is the Message” the message is encapsulated through the medium of distortion, it shows of the true nature of the message, and in this case society, and provids a more meaningful understanding of the artists intentions.
In the ‘glitch art’ world, everything you make is craft, nothing is wrong nothing can be called bad because everything is flawed and shows its imperfections, this is what attracts society to the art-form, it encapsulates so much more than a computer error, it shows the rawness of society and has created a community of followers and had redefined the idea of craft, which has helped broaden the understanding of society and the acceptance as well.
The world is made to be #aestheticAF.
M, Roy, GLITCH IT GOOD: UNDERSTANDING THE GLITCH ART MOVEMENT, The Periphery, December 2014, viewed the 22nd March 2017, http://www.theperipherymag.com/on-the-arts-glitch-it-good/