Glitch Art, Feminism, and Queerness

Digital Dualism and The Glitch Feminism Manifesto

Russell discusses glitch in relation to digital dualism, basically a fallacy that presumes the virtual reality one experiences on the internet and the reality one experiences offline are separate from each other. The glitch, whether it be a slow loading time, a frozen screen, pixelated images etc., interrupts the online experience, and like an orgasm, forces the user to wait in anticipation for what they want.

Glitch feminism expands upon the idea of error by proposing error is in fact needed and is not problematic when the system within which the error occurs is already corrupt. Instead, glitch feminism believes glitch to be a correction to already existing societal corruption. Glitch feminism is intended for an era of technology in which people are allowed more of their own action and autonomy, and argues against a position of subversion, calling for the dismantling of this problematic system entirely, rather than just undermining it.

The discussion of glitch feminism and its scope of potential is quite interesting and engaging. One thing however, and I may be totally wrong in this, is that even its arguments against restrictive binaries within corrupt systems, the overall tone of the article seems slightly heteronormative and was a little off-putting. Even still, I found it to be a pretty enlightening read and not without its merits.

Queer/Error: Gay Media Systems and Processes of Abjection

Parkhill and Rodgers in their chapter discuss queerness in relation to the concept of error, and the systems that reject those that it considers “queer.” The chapter examines mainstream heterosexual culture that still is exclusive in its construction and reinforcement, as the gay male body is idealized and any deviation (and in particular, the HIV+ body) has been rejected, as seen in the Sydney Star Observer, an Australian gay medium.The SSO is described to exclude images of HIV+ bodies, as do many advertisements about HIV awareness, under the guise of protecting the gay community.

 

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