Digital Glitch-(art?design?decoration?)

7 10 2010

I dont know, i developed a patch in the last 2 weeks, lets call it ‘supra glitch’. Its a kind of mixture of generative structure, feedback and error. This is  not a so complex thing (patch), but it has a nice output. The idea was (as earlier) to NOT use any input, just connecting back the output of the structure (lets call it feedback). Iam so happy with the result.

So whats the problem now?

What is this exactly what iam doing? Is it a kind of software art? Or creation of some new aesthetic aspects of this whole glitch story ?

Sometimes iam just closing my eyes, and i see some pictures, i see what i want to really see. And i sit down and prepare something, what is:

1. in good case, really close to the original imagination and lets say i’am satisfied.

2. in a less good case, not so close to the original idea, but i still like it.

3. worst case, its far from the original idea and iam not ok with the result, or i made a mistake when i imagined that picture.

But if i start to watch my stuff from outside (and its important) or i show them to others (others=non geek people, with the right critical sensitivity), i feel, that i have to defend my stuff.

So then what is this exactly? Is it still interesting if i don’t start to talk immediately about the history of glitch and generated (non indirect) of the random picture errors? Is it still something or just a couple of ‘nonphotoshop’ based digital hedonism?

I try to define, how does it work then. What can be the border between art, design, and digital something?

The thing is like this, if i’am in this way, i always have to have something what i try to express, but if i make a non figurative, i mean abstract picture, based on a stupid error, but from other hand its well structured (visually) it doesnt have to loose the integrity of express the idea. It doesnt have to be non conceptual (and yes i can stimulate that fancy video memory to give back something really planned (desired) picture). But i really have to define why i use this very random based way of self expression. Because if i dont have a very strong explanation for that, its better to keep the distance and:

1. buy a painting equipment

2. use photoshop (or any well controllable, non generative, non algorithmic and non modular software)


3. just dream about a new, non explored way of self-expression.

And more  like this:

Do i search for a specified form (composition)?

Ok, what i think is a paradigm of perfection, non perfection, but thats a different topics. Here in this self-reflection iam searching the meaning of my content (output), looking for some really acceptable answers, instead of starting a new composition, because now i feel i need some answers (from my self), a better way to understaind:

what iam doing,


why iam doing that.





5 responses

11 10 2010

hi Pnoise,
i just saw your site…awesome and very inspiring
i have a sentence that i use when making 3d computer graphics, or buying fish.” if it smells like fish its not good fish”
maybe it could help you in any way….

28 10 2010

good points . . . .

recently I’m thinking about this border between “glitchy/abstract/chaos” and the image. . . . I think glitch is intersting for outsiders if you keep on crossing the borders back & forth . .. . I the end it’s just the poetry that counts (poetry in a very broad way -> from rock&roll to ballet).

anyway . . nice blog!


10 11 2010
Prack VJ

hey, i love glitches. I feel it like the “human part” of computers. Very nervous. and everything (the images) is on or laptop, or in internet, so, thinking your laptop as an extremity of you (my laptop is an extremity of me), could be your connection with everything… jaja. i need to stop smoking…
my safari has a lot of glitches, I don’t know if it normal, but I love it.. 🙂

28 11 2010

Hi David!
i will try to define it in short, how i see it.
you explore new media, digital visual media. and while doing that, you dig into very essence of it. that is no new thing. i found that every new media had to pass this stage at its birth point. lets say cinema – what amazed people most upon invention of cinema, was not some movie – it was the fact, that it is possible to make a movie. contents was not important at all – 24 fps – that what what was important. internet – fuck the contents – the fact itself was more impressive. and till today most bloggers still blog about blogging and internet itself than producing some notable content. electric guitars – jimmy hendriks – he is glitching that guitar. there are no notes, its the glitched guitar sound. sound of this new media.
so i think what you do is realy important as it draws the path how the aesthetics of this new media will develop. glitch for me is the only true aesthetic solution for this. it shows the media itself, not bothering about the contents.

1 01 2013
da bishop

Art to the ancient greeks was technos. Skill. So yes, I’d say it’s art.

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