"It's quiet.... too quiet"
(that’s all I could do with the tools I was given!!)
Temas y Variaciones (subtitulado):
the main idea of this short piece is to juxtapose two very different things, Life vs Death and later Hate vs Peace and so on and so forth.
I got very strong Black Mirror vibes from this. A futuristic twilight zone thing was happening with the brain wiping and floating cars and the robot police things. We get to see Jane’s life through one memory at a time as they are being erased. The fact that it happens all over again in the end reinforces my Twilight Zone/Black Mirror theory. (I enjoy the very end though)
This article was funny to me because it relates back to the pornography class I am taking. I have already heard the entire James Deen story, and I just find it funny when information from different classes cross over. SO basically in this article Russel was saying that the glitch and an orgasm are the same thing. The glitch keeps you waiting and begging for more, essentially teasing you. She say that this is “Glitch Feminism”, which I’m not exactly clear on what she meant by that. Its meant for both sexes, and the glitch is the beautiful mistake is what I got.
This article is suggesting that Queer bodies are an error. They are seen as such, because in out society, heterosexuality is the norm, so when something strays away from that, it’s suddenly an outlier, or as Hill say, a glitch. As queer media began to grow, it gained traction with a large audience, even people beyond the gays. The HIV/ AIDS is the ‘jamming’ of the body. This piece was written very creatively and I actually enjoyed it. Hill used simple comparisons that make sense, therefore making this an easy piece to read.
I used audacity to glitch my image. I put on the ‘wah wah’, ‘normalize’, ‘reverb’, and, ‘pitch shift’ effect over the original sound because it just sounded like static. This was my result! It sort of sounds like people washing a bendy piece of metal with scrub brushes to me.. what do you hear?
My group contains Alex Meinhof, Yudan Li, Megan Nelson, and Matthew Hancock. For our project we are doing a more personal piece where we our representing our feelings or our fears through homemade paintings. Our project is inspired by abstract expressionism. We plan to take the paintings we have all created and glitch each individual one through processing or blender. Then our group will fashion together a video of all the paintings, glitching and morphing together. When we present the finished product to the class during final presentations, Alex is going to put music behind the media we have. He is going to do it live in front of everyone so we are all in for a treat. This is such a personal and creative piece that we want to share to the class, and it relates back to some of the readings we have already done, and our group has found many more readings on the subject. In the readings we have read thus far, they have made a point to focus on how “glitching” is they way to bring forward the things that are not already there. The readings have also discussed how errors are not mistakes, errors can be beautiful as a matter of fact.
When we read the article from Slavoj Zizek, “The Subversive Use of Theory,” his argument heavily focused on the process of people thinking. He wants to make people think more deeply and he continues to come back to the idea of a university. The point of him talking about schools is so that he can bring up students attending, and how they should be thinking in a different way, they should be thinking deeply about topics rather than skimming the surface. We are students, and we can make that transition. Zizek also states that right now there are two extreme sides of the spectrum, there is no grey area in between. People who are conscious of the issues, and people that just glide through life, indifferent. Widening the spectrum would be useful, and in doing so people from all over could benefit.
In the article by Tim Barker, entitled “Aesthetic of the Error: Media Art, The Machine, The Unforeseen, and The Errant,” Barker believes that errors themselves are art! Whether they have been done on purpose, or something glitches that was unplanned, it is all a creative expression. It’s refreshing to see the breakaway from everything that’s perfect. The beauty of glitch is that it is quite the opposite of perfect! It “shakes the system free of its precise pre-programed functioning.” Glitch is art, even though it is technically a mistake, that is what makes it so intriguing! Our project relies heavily on this subject. Abstract art has no structure or directions, if a mistake is made, it immediately becomes part of the art! There is no such thing as a mistake. The unforeseen is a big part of our project as well. We have no idea what our art will turn out like in the end, let alone what kind of glitches we have instore for us. That is the beauty of this, no glitch is a wrong glitch.
In Mark Nunes article called “Error, Noise, and Potential: The Outside of Purpose,” Nunes discusses the idea of perfection and error in his piece. He believes that error is beautiful. His argument actually really reminded me of Rosa Menkman’s last and final point on her manifest “The Glitch Moment(um).” The last point reads as such: “Employ Glitchspeak (as opposed to Newspeak) and study what is outside of knowledge. Glitch theory is what you can just get away with! Flow cannot be understood without interruption, nor function without glitching. This is why glitch studies is necessary.” (11 Menkman). These two things go hand in hand, Menkman says that there is no flow without there being glitch, and Nunes states that there cannot be perfection without error. So if there weren’t any problems in the world, we would never come to know and understand what ‘normal’ or ‘perfection’ is. Our project is going to be nowhere near perfect. We are actually aiming to have errors and glitches while we paint and put our works together. The more errors the better in our case.
In the Peter Krapp article, “Noise Floor Between Tinnitus and Raw Data,” Krapp distinguished the difference between noise and signal. Noise is literally noise. It varies from everything, like clapping, cars driving down the street, or the ocean crashing its waves, etc. Noise is all of the little sounds we hear that we tend to tune out more often than not. Signal is a little more complicated, and has meaning behind it. For example a car horn means you are in a hurry, someone doesn’t see you, or you’re angry. Sirens mean there is an emergency, or some kind of trouble somewhere. Laughing means people are having a good, enjoyable time. There are meaning behind all of these sounds. It is no longer noise when you can establish why it is happening. Krapp also brings up music. We are going to be inserting music into our final project so this is useful information to have. It gives our group a better understanding of what glitch sound is, and all of the details behind it.
Our group did a lot of other research about abstract expressionism. We found other examples of works of art that had our same ideas in mind. We also found some other artists who used a lot of similar techniques that we have learned about in the course so far. For instance, 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 new method allowed for Jackson to express himself through an act that lead to both controlled and unexpected results instead of careful planning. This experimenting was exciting because the painting was controlled, and he had an idea of what the result might be, but he would never know with certainty what the finished product would look like. The results were always unexpected and unknown. That’s exactly how our group is going into this project. We have a clear idea of what we are doing, but after everything is said and done, there is no way we could ever predict what it’s going to look like.
Our project is going to be interesting, we are going to make an entire presentation out of nothing. We are creating every bit of our project and I think thats is pretty unique. We decided not to use any found footage or photography because painting these abstract works of art makes it more direct, and gives it a more personal vibe. Once we present our work to the class, we are looking to challenge the viewer to find the beauty in the chaos.
I agree with the entirety of the class when they say they didn’t like this article. So many words!!! He could have easily cut his article in half if he just got to the point! He discusses the idea or perfection and error in his piece. It really reminded me of the last point of the manifesto, which says that nothing is perfect unless there is an error (or glitch). So if there weren’t any problems in the world, we would never come to know and understand what perfection is. Nunes also thinks that error is beautiful.
He distinguished the difference between noise and signal. Noise being everything, from clapping to cars driving down the street to the ocean’s crashing waves, etc. Signal had meaning behind it, so a car horn means you are in a hurry or you’re angry, sirens mean there is trouble somewhere, and laughing mean people are having a good time. He also talks about music. I like that EDM music IS considered music now. To some people its just plain and simple noise, but to others, its their favorite kind of music. The repeating of words, the short beats all could seem like a glitches to some people, but it means something special to other people.
No, ITS BAYMAX!!!
Week 2 Reading–
The difference in the writing styles is polar opposite, Zizek is very informal, and he writes as if he is having a conversation with us. It’s almost as if he is on stage in front of us, giving us a rant before he drops the mic and walks off stage. Barker’s article was more wordy, and more difficult to comprehend. Zizek heavily focused on the process of people thinking. He wants to make people think more deeply and he continues to come back to the idea of a university. The point of talking about schools is that the students attending should be thinking in a different way, they should be thinking deeply about topics rather than skim the surface. He states that right now there are two extreme sides of the spectrum, there is no grey area. People who are conscious of the issues, and people that just glide through life, indifferent. He brings up environmental issues, which to me, felt out of place, but thats how he ended his “rant”. Barker believes that errors are art! Whether they have been done on purpose, or something glitches that was unplanned, it is all a creative expression. It’s refreshing to see the breakaway from everything that’s perfect. The beauty of glitch is that it is quite the opposite of perfect! It “shakes the system free of its precise pre-programed functioning.” Glitch is art, even though it is technically a mistake, that is what makes it so intriguing!