Glitch vs. Control

The way in which I connected the readings helped to reinforce the meaning and significance of the art of glitching.

In Zizek’s readings he addresses the issue of the production of narrow-minded experts, asserting that “true thinking” is not simply the ability to solve problems, and that higher education should develop individuals who view issues in a broader, global perspective as opposed to single goal oriented problem solving. Zizek mentions the Bologna Process, which refers to agreements between European countries designed to ensure comparability in the standards and quality of higher education qualifications. Zizek is strongly against this type of education equating it to a restriction from a broader picture, a more systematic control education. This idea of a systematic control, and presumably “predictability” I connect with Mark Nunes ideas in the article “Error, Noise, and Potential: The Outside purpose”. Nunes approaches the control of a system with regards to the network society that we live in now, a network society that strives to contain errors, in order to keep networks organized and with the parameters of “100 percent efficiency, accuracy, and predictability.”

Nunes expresses that “error gives expression of the out of bounds of systematic control.” Glitching is another artistic, “outside the box” form of creating art that deviates from the systematic and predicable. I see the articles as emphasizing these aspects of glitching. The first references an educational systematic control, while the other, a systematic control of technology and networks, and commercial control that traces back prior to the contemporary developed world. The meshing and distorting of glitching, whether it be in images or sound, broadens the spectrum of creation, in which chaos and disorder serves a purpose of expression. Glitching then becomes a new form of expression that deviates beyond what is considered to be a straight consistent path of creating content.

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