Final Version: A Glitch About Nothing
As for our “Glitch About Nothing.” Everyone played a different but very important role. Violet did the introduction along with the scenes with Elaine. Violet did a great job at glitching up the theme song as well as the logo of the television show, Seinfeld. Violet also glitched the portraits of all the cast members. Bobby was in charge of the George and Newman scenes, one can notice, what was Bobby’s due to the slight horrific and dark take on the show, which I found to be amazing, also the way he placed the characters names inside the clips he glitched was fantastic. I, Miguel, edited the videos together with the help of Violet. I focused on Jerry and George discussing their idea of a show about nothing, along with some clips of Cosmo Kramer being Kramer. An interesting thing to note is that while i was editing in after effects to try to get a data moshing effect, after the video rendered, it came out completely different from what the preview in after effects displayed. I am not quite sure how it is that is occured, but I found it fascinating and well it seemed to fit with the class. Seeing how there was a glitch or mistake in after effects that caused the scenes to distort rather weirdly towards the end where it just flickers weird shades of green and yellow. I couldn’t believe what I saw, while attempting to glitch the videos, the data got corrupted and rendered it in a rather interesting way. I found myself to be constantly going back and forth between after effects and premiere. I was altering the video constantly and it was rather interesting to look back at this process seeing how at the end it was possible due to the many layers of work that I ended up doing. Asfor the data moshing effect, I actually used various programs, which is why I believe that when I did the final render for my part of the project, the video was completely different from what was in the preview. I started off on premiere and got my clips together, added different effects into it and what not. From there I then used avidemux and finally after effects. I used avidemux in order to be able to mess with i frames. I maxed out the amount of iframe intervals. Then from here I exported to after effects and looked up how to do data moshing via after effects and did so by messing around with the way the frames are tracked and then I added some effects and rendered it. The final result was not what the preview displayed but I was really happy with the end result.
Overall I was really happy with the way the project came out, I really enjoyed working with my group, and finally got to do something seinfeld related. It was something I wanted to approach as a student here, and I’m glad this class allowed me to explore one of my beloved shows in such an interesting manner. I have always been fascinated by the idea of nothing, even outside of the world of seinfeld. I find myself asking people what have they been up to lately and I get answers saying nothing, or the usual. It’s a rather interesting concept, the notion of our everyday life being considered nothing in our own eyes due to it not seeming to be out of the ordinary since we constantly encounter the same scenarios on a daily basis. We are quick to brush aside interesting things that we have done. Sometimes it takes another person or something for us to see value in what we consider to be nothing. To some people our everyday life might be interesting or out of the norm, and this is well very fascinating. For this very reason, I’m glad I got to explore the concept of nothing in this glitch art course. I’m also glad I was able to practice using premiere and after effects. Normally I mess around with these programs, but this course made me want to learn more and more. I found myself looking at tutorials on youtube on how to get different effects, even if they were not applied in this particular project, I still found it to be rather insightful and got me to learn some new editing tricks and what not.
Overall I was happy with the final outcome of the project. I thought that all of our different styles went together well, but provided enough contrast to one another that it felt like an entirely new style was synthesized out of the three. I think from the start we did not have a clear idea of what the length or pacing of the finished product would be, but ultimately it worked out. One specific concern was that the whole thing would be too slow or boring, as this was the general response after showing a few test clips in class. However, we were able to contrast some slower stuff with some quicker stuff to accentuate the, “nothingness,” aspect of the project, but still maintain a certain amount of entertainment value. I was particularly happy with the overall response from the class. Although the actual purpose of glitching something can often be unknown and somewhat unexplainable, I hoped that the final product would offer something to its audience, outside of ideas alone. Luckily, people enjoyed the contrast in the pacing and found it funny. If nothing else, I like the idea that cutting up different clips and playing with them in weird and experimental ways can elicit laughter from an audience in a way that is completely different from the original intention of where the clips came from. Again, I believe the laughs were largely due to the contrast. I think that the two clips that I did were more remix than glitch, although there were definitely elements of glitch. Mostly, I was shooting for an extremely fast pace that would disorient the audience. This is maybe the greatest contrast to Miguel’s clips which were slower and longer, but utilized actual, authentic glitch. Pacing-wise, Violet’s clips were in the middle and provided breaks and transitions in a stylish and humorous way. Similarly, her intro sets the tone for the entire project very nicely. In this sense, I am very proud of the way we worked together. We were all able to kind of do our own things and explore our own interests, but in a way that was able to come together in the end. I think that each of our clips sort of complimented one another and are sort of playing with the same themes. My only critique would be that maybe with a little more time we could have presented something a little more polished, but that is maybe not totally within the spirit of glitch. I think through experimenting and figuring it out as we went, we were able to create something in the spirit of glitch, as we sometimes did not accomplish exactly what we set out to do, but always ended up with something exciting and new.
When I first hear about this idea from Miguel and Robert about glitch a sitcom Seinfeld. I was unsure I can do it well or not because I have never seen this sitcom. However, when I start to watch some episodes and clips of Seinfeld, I actually find this is an interesting sitcom which all the characters are possessing unique characteristics. Therefore, our group decided to focus on glitching each characters with different glitch effect. We separate work on different character and I am responsible for working on the clip of Elaine. I found a clip that Jerry and Elaine, and Elaine was ignored by Jerry. I used after effect to distort the image, and make her emotion being amplify. I also tried to glitch the sound effect, which makes voices of her in a higher pitch to sound more distinguished.
After each of our group members produced couple clips and showed them in the class, we got feedback that only glitching episodes is not enough. They are long and boring. We should think about how to manipulate them to become effective. To solve this problem, we decided to shorten each clips and made them focus on the idea of “Nothing”. Therefore, I decided to make an opening glitch series. I glitch picture of each character and make them into a gif. I also work on glitching group picture of 4 main characters, and applied different effect on it. I put all the gif picture into a video by premiere pro, and make them look organized. I glitch the theme song and make it sound familiar but unusual. I also try to match the time of the theme song and the images in order to produce an effective opening. The title appears right after of the sequence works really good to begin the video.
Miguel and Robert works a lot on changing the direction. They try to work on the clip of “The show about nothing” They use it to repeat throughout the project, which emphasizes the “nothing” concept of the show and our work. This clip plays perfectly well to introduce the character, such as George. They did a really good job on cutting a lot of piece of George and put them together to show his characteristics. Each parts link better than the previous version, and adding up the opening makes it more organized.
Through the project, I have a lot of fun on glitching image and video, as well as gaining editing skills. It also helps me to get familiar with a sitcom in a short time. I definitely develop my idea of glitch art and applies it in the project. In the future, I will like to study more about glitch art, and learn certain glitching skill to produce image or video. Recently, I notice more and more art work and music video contained appealing glitch art, which is inspired my interest in media art. Therefore, I will develop more in glitch art concept and produce relative work in the future.
Progress check : https://ucsb.box.com/s/hm0wfy0ytr72y47a1yeoj3znqbpxgxt2
A Glitch About Nothing
The name of our art installation is “ A Glitch about Nothing.” The project will involve the glitching and distortion of the series, “Seinfeld.” The content that will be glitched will be a variety of images, video, and sound as well. The reason for this is to be able to capture the very essence of the show, while manipulating to become something slightly different. The purpose of gitch is not only to distort or create a certain aesthetic, although glitch is a great way of doing creating an aesthetic, glitch gives us a insight on the boundaries and limitations of software or hardware. As technology pushes forward, so does the idea of glitch. Seinfeld is often described as a show about nothing. At the time that seinfeld came out, the comedy sitcom genre was defined in a different manner. However Seinfeldappeared and broke away from the mold of the family sitcom that had been heavily present in television since its very beginning. “ Dispute the operating templates of creative practice. Fight genres, interfaces and expectations!” However although it broke away from the elements of the family sitcom, it still managed to maintain some of them. In a sense Seinfeld glitched the idea of the sitcom. Seinfeld is described as a show about nothing. So it is going to be rather interesting to glitch something out of “nothing”. Our project will depict and glitch this beloved series. It will immerse the viewer through the use of visual and audio.
Process & Method
The very first part of our project will involve presenting the cast of the series. The characters the series that we will be presenting are Jerry Seinfeld, Elaine Benes, George Constanza, Cosmo Kramer and Newman, the most beloved enemy in the series, and his role is actually quiet fascinating. Seinfeld consists of 9 seasons and 180 episodes. This allows and opens up the possibility of doing countless edits, due to the high amount of content we can have. We will gather iconic clips and glitch them up and form a compilation or clip show like thing. We can glitch theme songs for each character. We try to apply a theme for each character, according to their roles in the show, and they movement and voices.
Besides editing in after effects we could also use premiere. However I suggested the use of vhs and Bobby expanded on it by glitching the end result. A glitch will be glitched. Expanding on Bobby’s idea, after we complete our glitched videos, we can transfer them onto a vhs. Once it is in a vhs tape, the fun begins. If time allows we can further manipulate and corrupt the film of the tape and manually edit. We can then use CRT’s in our installation if we decide to present it in this format, if not we can use a projector and ideally get 5 walls, if that’s possible.
Violet has a wonderful aesthetic and we can apply the way she uses colour and glitches it in a almost post impressionist way. Violet’s technique brings out the pixels, the fine bits, it could be compared to the works of pointillism artists.
As we progress technologically, we seem to lost contact with each other. Technology although pushing the boundaries of what is possible tomorrow, it also acts as a wall that divides people. I wish to remind people of a time where we weren’t all glued to our phones, and where not everything could be solved with an app. We live in a world, where “there is an app for that” is a advertising tag line. The use of technology in seinfeld is also very interesting, although technology is portrayed and displayed throughout the show, it never is used as a solution, on the contrary it seems to cause even more problems. Which end up resulting in a many comedic scenarios. The show ultimately manages to give the viewer an in depth look at this other world.
As for the roles of our group, each of us will apply our own aesthetic to different mediums. Seeing how violet’s image edits had a very unique look to them, she will be applying this to the different portraits of the cast members. Violet will also be doing some of the sound and audio edits of our instillation. Seeing how Bobby and Miguel are more familiar with the content of the series, they are working on gathering the video content as well editing it. Due to their being nine seasons, and around 20 episodes per season, it is a lot of content to go through. It is much easier for someone who is familiar with the content to be able to choose what scenes best represent the cast members and their character. The video content will go attached with the portraits of each character and will be used in order to present the audience with an idea of how the series and characters interact in their world. Seeing how there is a lack of an important plot line, and it’s the character interactions that make the show so great. .
To begin, the plot points and characters are well very mundane, on their own the scenarios present aren’t anything out of the ordinary. There is nothing about the plot that makes the show what it is. Instead the series focuses on the delivery and the reaction to the scenarios to create a comedic effect. Also its introduction of various characters over the years is rather fascinating, they managed to create a whole universe, an immersive world, that seems possible to coexist with our very own. The continuity in the series is consistent, with a lot of jokes calling back to previous episodes without acknowledging them, it’s up to the viewer to understand. The show truly is about nothing, although there was 9 seasons, and several plot lines develop over it, there is no definite “goal” or reason for the story. However the reason for this that, the show covered so many topics, it is rather difficult to pinpoint which of the topics or ideas explored define it. The show ultimately breaks away from every other show, in the sense that there is no deeper meaning to it, there is no symbolism, or idealism. The cast is shown to go through hard times and fun times, but in the end, everything is well, the cast moves on forward, whether the plot or problem is solved or not.
This is another example of how the series breaks away from the mold of the standard sitcom. There is no reason for the viewer to stayed glued to their seats, there is nothing to gain out of simply binge watching the show, not that it isn’t worthy of binge watching. But if one looks at the content for what it truly is, it’s rather surprising and interesting how they manage to capture an audience using the format they do. The viewer isn’t binging for a romantic plot line, or any other long story arc. However, the comedy and the writing are what makes it a joy to watch. For this very reason, glitching Seinfeld will be a very interesting thing to do. Seeing how there is no story to be told in the content itself. Once we glitch it, its meaning and purpose becomes defined by our intentions, if we happen to have any.
We will be responsible for glitching each character in Seinfeld, and do it bases on each character’s characteristic. Since Violet am not that familiar with this TV as Robert and Miguel, she will first watch some of the episodes they recommend, and then pick her favorite one to work on. Each of us will be responsible on multiple clips. Since this show is “a show about nothing.” All the characters are normal people in the daily life. We can find their characteristics even in ourselves. Therefore, we will try to glitch each character with a style to distinguish each of him.
Most of the scenes in Seinfeld is composed of conversation, so there are many shot/reverse shot in each episode. We have an idea that glitch each character’s background with a similar glitch effect, so each character has a recognizable glitch background, and this will have an impressive effect in the shot/reverse conversation scene.
Since this is a comedy sitcom, there are a lot of non-diegetic audience laughing sound. We are also interested to glitch those laughing voices when we are glitching the episode or clip. We can try to lower or higher the pitch of those sound, or add band effect to distort it. Also, glitching the lines of the characters is interesting too. Highing or lowing voiceline of each will make them become recognizable. For the installation, we should try to find a widescreen to play our glitched episode of Seinfeld. With a paper model of each model and poster of the title as decoration. At the end of the day is it going to be a rather fascinating work of art that can properly represent Seinfeld to the unknown viewer.