Video Vortex Reader II: moving images beyond YouTube

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The Subversive Use of Theory

I agree with Zizek that education should teach people to ask fundamental questions instead of just producing experts. Education should be accessible to all people, not just those who are privileged. The more people who are educated and taught to question everything the better.

The problem, especially in the United States, is that many people do not care about their education. In fact, in light of the current presidential race, it seems that many people in this country are proud to be ignorant (Drumpf supporters). Exemplified in Zizek’s discussion of the Gulf oil spill, the media distracts people from the fundamental questions brought up by large events.

 Is the purpose of glitch art to raise questions about the technology we use everyday?

Error, Noise, and Potential: The Outside of Purpose

Our lives are shaped by technology that is supposed to work seamlessly.For example the operating systems on our computers and smartphones and the applications that we use are designed to be sleek and seamless. Glitch breaks the box that this technology puts us in by revealing what lies underneath, what we are usually not supposed to access.

Part of the goal of modern technology is to suppress the failure to communicate. The internet allows for the free flowing of information across geographic and social boundaries, but it also gives massive control over information to governments.

How can glitch art be used to raise questions about the level of connection that technology grants us?

How does being globally connected limit us?

What happens to people when their connections are blocked or altered?

Some of the intentions of glitch art:

  • Provide an opportunity for aesthetic and critical interventions
  • Make invisible technologies more visible
  • Encourage misreadings and unintended insertions