Digital Dualism And The Glitch Feminism Manifesto and Queer/Error: Gay Media Systems and Processes of Abjection – Blog Post

Digital Dualism And The Glitch Feminism Manifesto

According to the person who wrote this article, their of view of the glitch is as a new form of machine based foreplay; one that causes us to have to wait and teases us. This person uses the idea of a video buffering as a means of foreplay and I find that to be a very interesting and plausible idea. However, I do not view such a disruption to be a sexual block and more of a nuisance when trying to watch your average, everyday video. I guess, in a way, the machine is playing with or halting my ability to watch whatever it is I want to watch but I do not view this with a sexual frame.  However, that being said, if said thing that I am trying to watch is pornography, then maybe there is some merit to what is being suggested. It could be a new form of foreplay, one that can disrupt a number of online sexual activities such as sexting, sex-skyping, or whatever one could imagine. The article goes onto relate the dualism of one’s real and virtual self and how it negatively affects women (or, at least, that’s what I think the author was trying to say as she was trying to use as large of a vocabulary as possible just for the sake of doing so). The author does not say this herself but I think it could be implied how the internet festishizes the female body – or all bodies for that matter – through porn, advertisements, etc., and she is suggesting the glitch alters or disrupts that fetish.

Queer/Error: Gay Media Systems and Processes of Abjection

This article discusses the effects of advertisements and various media on the gay community in positive and negative ways. Gay media helped to give voice to gay men and women alike and greatly helped established gay culture and community, but, in doing so, gave voice to some and diminished voices of others. Gay males were given a stronger voice and were perceived as more affluent for example and had to act a certain way (much like how heterosexual men are suppose to act a “certain way”). Gay men had to engage in high culture, party a lot, and were (and arguably, are) highly sexualized. This then suppressed or caused others to feel excluded who did not fit or participate in this behavior. The next issue brought up is including photos or images of those suffering from HIV+ bodies. By not including such images, the article concludes with, “[T]he exclusion of visibly HIV+ bodies problematically neglects to deal with issues that the very community the SSO helps to constitute faces” (Parkhill, 226). In not showing such images, the gay community fails to address the real threat of HIV+ which in turn actually does not help what such gay communities as SSO are trying to do.



Week 8 Queer Glitch Reading Response

My understanding of the Temas Y Variaciones video meshed together conflicting human emotions such as desire and violence, the description reads “the rupture is the only tool with which the rupture itself can be deconstructed; There is hope in the glitch.” The creator comments on postmodern capitalism, the video exemplifying super-powered corporations through the security cameras and the high demand of sex and violence that we as consumers need and get through our media intake.

This Legacy Russel reading explores the way in which people interact with sex online, in the forms of porn, sexting, G-chat, fantasy play and the split between our physical selves and our body which we immerse into these experiences.

Legacy Russel writes that “The glitch is the digital orgasm”  and she describes it as a type of foreplay or tease. This can be applied I think beyond sex, any form of internet interaction that we as consumers have online is a form of pleasure and when that gets interrupted through errors it only makes it all the more pleasing when it reloads and allows for the activity to continue.

She defines Glitch Feminism as to welcome the error of the social systems, feminism may be considered an error within some communities and as such she describes error as a “much needed erratum”, we need to break away from the system because much to the dismay of many it is flawed, it does not account for everyone, it is a patriarchal system who have accounted for the female on their own terms – “digital dualism needs to be retired”.

The Chad Parkhill reading explores the queer community as a system of maximum efficiency which creates communities for queer bodies and then helps further shape these identities. He looks into the SSO who look to maximise efficiency through advertisements that appeal directly to the gay, lesbian or bisexual readers (Parkhill, 214). However, there are still errors within systems like these, Parkhill suggests that these would be the HIV+ bodies who jam the system. Judith Butler’s theory of gender performativity suggests that these queer identities come into being through “a stylized repetition of acts” (Ibid. 213).

Even within these gay communities, Parkhill suggests that there is still an element of exclusion, in the example of HIV health advertisements in SSO which are always targeted towards a white male audience and exclude the female community and the gay people of colour. He goes on to look into the images of HIV+ bodies which in SSO appear attractive and healthy, unlike the ill-looking images of mainstream media which warn people of the disease and suggests this is an attempt to combat homophobia. He notes that often publications avoid this subject all together and choose the path of least resistance and maximum efficiency. (Ibid. 221) He goes into talking about the immune system by which there is the “self” which is threatened by the “other” such as AIDS however it can become unclear on how to distinguish between the two (Ibid. 224)






Midterm Paper

Matthew Hancock

Professor Sakr


7 May 2018


Glitch seems to be a growing field for media artists and is finding its way into the popular culture. When you think of “Glitch” an aesthetic immediately comes to mind: pixelated images, vivid colours, and strange deformations. While artist exploit this to create visually and sonically appealing works, often when one encounters glitch in the real world it is met with frustration and annoyance. In our modern day capitalist driven society, maximum efficiency and productivity is what we value and can be reflected in almost all of our daily activities. Glitch disrupts this system. Error or Glitch is the physical manifestation of failure in communication within an operating system, causing a different result than the intended programmed outcome. While our capitalist, maximum efficiency obsessed culture may see these unintended results as an impediment to our everyday tasks; artists and creatives view these unintended outcomes as creating an opening for play and alternative modes of expression. In Glitch Studies Manifesto, written by Rosa Menkan, she defines glitch art as “find(ing) catharsis in disintegration,ruptures and cracks; manipulate, bend and break any medium towards the point where it becomes something new; create glitch art.” Here she clearly outlines the intent of using glitch for art, to ruin something unto the point of creation.

As technology grows exponentially, each new model or operating system that becomes developed is created with the intention of improving the efficiency and sleekness of the design. This hides the internal process and flow of information that is constantly transmitted behind our screens and portrays a false sense of perfection to its users. Our computers strive to eliminate the pixilated and hide the code that is behind our screens making the medium invisible and only the content visible to the user. Glitch serves to make the medium visible to the user, showing the operational logic and the messes we try so hard to hide behind the systems we use. This is why glitch has become so appealing to artist, the glitch in an of itself is a political statement against capitalist ideologies as well as the very systemic structures in our society that hide the issues and messes that we do not face. Glitch requires it’s audiences to think critically about the work and the ideologies criticized in the moment of malfunction. While glitch art is a relatively new genre in art, the conceptual motives behind its use have been in practice long before.   

There are many parallels one can draw between glitch art and abstract expressionism. Abstract expressionism is a movement that began in New York during the 1940s in the post World War 2 era, a time period heavily defined by artistic censorship and paranoia from the McCarthy era. Artists used abstract subjects to make their work seem apolitical to non critical audiences while often holding a political message for insiders and critical examiners. Abstract Expressionism was a movement away from Regionalism and Social Realism, the two art movements yielded from the Great Depression, because it left a particular group of artists unsatisfied and wanting rich content with meaning and redolent of social responsibility, yet free of provincialism and explicit politics.

In 1947, Jackson Pollock developed a radical new technique, pouring and dripping thinned paint onto raw canvas laid on the ground (instead of traditional methods of painting in which pigment is applied by brush to primed, stretched canvas positioned on an easel). This allowed for Jackson to express his feelings through an act that lead to both controlled and unexpected results instead of careful planning. Thus, error played an integral role in his artistic process and well as his results. Glitch art requires a similar process of emphasizing the process rather than the outcome, setting up a scenario in which glitch will occur without having control over the manifestation of the glitch itself. Along with this, abstract expressionism relates to glitch in the sense of challenging the viewer to find the beauty in the chaos. Like glitch, abstract art can seem sporadic and unintended to the eye while serving a rather intentional purpose upon further examination.    

For our final project our group wanted to create a piece of work that could be completely ours from the ground up. Meaning that every single part of our final installation would be originally crafted and envisioned by one of us. Knowing that we all could paint we tried to look for a style of art that we could recreate as well as draw parallels between glitch theory. We started by looking at artist like Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock as the basis of what we were trying to create. From this we derived the idea for our final project. Our goal is to create a series of abstract expressionist style paintings that we will then make into a video. From that we plan on using processing to glitch the video as well as our works of art into something completely different. Along with this, we plan on having an original piece of ambient music composed by Alex which we will then glitch and play alongside our video.

As mentioned above, we plan on expanding upon the work of artist like Willem De Kooning and Jackson Pollock for our initial paintings that we will use for the basis of our video. These two artist are known for their inventive methods such as Pollock’s drip painting technique and Kooning’s action painting. Below are some examples of what we wish to recreate. Doing some further research on artist who have attempted something similar to our project, I discovered Adrienne Crossman’s glitch work. While she mostly takes famous works of art and glitch them from there. A few abstract expressionist pieces appear among her work. My favorite piece of her work, although, happens to be a video of the statue david in which she glitches in all sorts of ways.

One other artists I found whom I feel that our project is the closest to building upon is that of Straut Atterberry, a painter and digital artist himself. He compressed a series of works by modern artist Piet Mondrian and Mark Rothko, creating two videos of dynamic glitch art. These formerly divided paintings morph into each other from one glitch to another flawlessly, what our group is hoping to do with our pieces of compressed work while adding another element to it through our glitched soundtrack.

As a group we are excited to work collaboratively to create this project from the ground up. Using the methods and ideologies that we have been studying all quarter to create a conceptual piece that we all will contribute too.  


The Glitch Mob – Project Treatment

FAMST 109 Glitch Art

Professor Sakr

May 6th, 2018

A Logic Other Than Our Own – Project Treatment

Daniel Gold: My role throughout the project was similar to that of the other group members. We agreed upon the idea up that the theme of the project should revolve around popular culture. More specifically, picking film posters of our favorite blockbusters and glitching them was a fun idea that we all wanted to work with. Each group member spoke about their favorite movies and explained how it should be incorporated into the project. My idea to glitch Back To the Future’s movie poster was thought due to the film’s impact on me as a child. It happens to be one of my favorite films of all time and seeing a glitched version of the poster during our presentation would be nostalgic to me. I will be contributing five images from the web of my favorite film posters that I will be glitching and would like to share with the class. One of my favorite assignments thus far was using the color crusher to completely rearrange the way an image is intended to look like. Each member’s equal contribution is towards a presentation that will showcase our work. I also will be contributing by providing recorded sounds that I hear on a daily basis and then glitching them to form a soundtrack along with the sounds that my group mates recorded. My primary idea was to include a different soundtrack from each of our favorite films and glitch them particularly to each slide. “Error also reveals the degree to which everyday life plays itself out within this space of equivocation” (Nunes 13) is what inspired me to go out and record sounds that life just throws that people take for granted.

Antonio Fanelli: My role throughout the project was very similar to other group members. When we began this collaboration, the consensus was to create a project that we all equally contributed to so that no one felt as though their voice or opinion was unheard or invisible. Everyone’s contribution and/or personal tastes will be easily visible within this project. The goal of this project is to showcase glitched images of our favorite movie posters and, in doing so, we will non verbally express ourselves through the glitched art presented. We titled the project, “A logic other than our own,” (Bevan 2) as this project is showing how machines have their own logic and processes that are separate from that of humans. For example, we chose to use our favorite movie posters not only to show our individual tastes, but also, to show the end result of human work. The individuals who created those posters did so with a goal in mind and used the machine to create those images. With our art installation, we are showing how machines created the images shown separate from human input; the machine had its own code and processes which resulted in the images created. In addition to this, my hope is to create a soundscape or even song that will be produced using solely glitched audio which will be played as we display our glitched images and clips from our favorite films. My hope is that this will add an interesting and unique experience to our project that will perfectly showcase how the machine can be used for artistic purposes.

Josh – What I will be adding to this project is a variety of methods. I will be adding glitched movie posters like the rest of the team, but also datamoshed gifs of some of my favorite movie moments, and computer generated “deepmind” images. In addition, I will be offering my glitchy electronic music productions to be glitched further by the team. My main objective will be to explore the possibilities offered by the alternative logics that machines follow. My music centers around arpeggiators that create MIDI notes where none have been recorded, and FM distortions created when oscillators oscillate each other, creating unexpected resonances and complex wave shapes. I throw darts into the darkness. Nunes reveals a variety of ways of interacting with errors: errors as signal of failure, error as statistical mechanism for course correction, and (perhaps revolutionarily) error as errant, a path away from the typically understood systems: a source of inspiration about the possibilities beyond our current understanding. When you allow logic systems beyond your own mind (such as a computer program) to elicit emergent behavior, you witness a new ‘nature’, which is ‘discoverable’. That is my objective within this project and this team: to discover the emergent nature of logics external to my classical understanding.

Olivia:  My role throughout the project is Image glitching and Music creating. The project is mainly divided in two parts: glitched image with glitched music in background. We want all of us be able to contribute our speciality and thought in this project. Since this project is based on machines’ logic, we decided to make all sources of images from technology film poster, we hope these elements of technology can melt with the art with perfectly, and create a cool combination. As a music minor, I understand the fantasy of making a piece from nothing to everyone’s ear. Glitch effect is really new and don’t often use on classical music area, this time, let’s see if there can be an unique combination come up after the crushing of classical and progressive.  “Art come from life but more than life”. There are so many creative thought we cannot achieve in real life, machine can achieve it. Glitch, at first this word may be strange to many people, but in fact, as an art form, it comes from some of the common and sometimes annoying details of our life – the malfunction of data and digital devices. For example, when the software and hardware of a TV, computer and other equipment have problems, it may cause the abnormality of video and audio playback. On the visual basis, the picture becomes a broken, defective image and the color is lost. But the artists found beauty from these failures. They represent not only imperfections, but also accidents and changes, each of which is like a re – creation of a break – up. As a result, the fault was gradually accepted by musicians and visual artists and became a creative technique. Visual artists even use various means, such as damaging the circuit board, using magnets near the display, or scraping the components of the equipment, to create the effect of failure and bring new ideas.