Tim Barker begins his piece “Aesthetics of the Error: Media Art, the Machine, the Unforeseen, and the Errant” by introducing Bruno Munari and his series Useless Machines. His kinetic sculptures revolved around the idea that these “machines” were meant to interact with the surrounding environment. “The art of the machine here is an art in which the machine, after being built by human hands, is itself creative”(42).
Barker himself makes the connection between this creative concept seen in Munari’s work to the digital era of of digital errors and digital art. Art in the error, especially in a digital error, is an art that is outside of what was pre-programmed, pre-conceived, or the primary purpose or routine. Sometimes these errors lead to the unexpected. Barker’s two arguments deal with the process of error creation and the process of error manifestations in technology.
In his subsection The Art of the Machine/The Art of the Error Barker begins with “The condition that marks the post-digital age may be precisely the condition for error”. Now i may misunderstand this but i feel as if Barker is implying that the capacity to interact with or have an error is what helped move us to the post-digital age. With my limited understanding i’m not sure i agree. The condition for error must have existed prior to the digital age. the exploitation and exaggeration has existed in many forms in paintings prior to this. For example Washington Crossing the Delaware has exaggerated a profound error.
The condition of this error, which were driven because of aesthetic/artistic reasons, revolves around many things which include, the boat’s inaccurate model that would not have been able to hold that many people afloat, the crossing was historically taken during the night, horses were not brought on this cross, and humorously, Washington would not have been standing in such a “heroic” stance due to the risk of capsizing.
This error, is a historical error, but similarly to glitching is done for aesthetic and ideological reasons but as i agree the condition for error did not come with the post-digital era but existed prior.