This short video called ‘The Art Of Glitch’ from PBS gives you an interesting six minute insight into glitch, an artistic process that sees electronic error as art. So what is it exactly? Well essentially its an aesthetic that comes out of digital or analog errors, circuit benders, corrupted code, line breaks or deliberate manipulation of electronic devices. In other words bugs, those damn bugs that get into your device, machine, when you least want them.
The word is thought to have derived from the German, glitschig, meaning slippery and was first recorded in English in 1962 during the American space program by John Glenn when describing problems they were having, Glenn explained; ‘Literally, a glitch is a spike or change in voltage in an electrical current’.
Since then people have been creating art out of this disturbance. In the mid 90s glitch was used to describe a genre of experimental/noise/electronica and it wasn’t long before VJs and other visual artists began to embrace it as an aesthetic of the digital age.
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