The art of glitching is not as simple as I initially thought. These readings break down what seemed to be simple concepts into long complicated breakdowns of the concepts behind glitch, errors, noise, and the impact on society and art. It was unexpected to see how the concept of the glitch implements itself into many aspects of human history and expression. And while it is not that clear to me what it is supposed to be, the readings did reinforce and illustrate the significance and the purpose of error and glitch.
The Slajov Zizek’s reading brings up the concept of experts and not being taught to think, but how to think. They address the idea of “true thought”, and how our current system put in place and our current society is not concerned with finding what questions to ask and what issues there are, and is far more concerned with simply creating individuals that have the ability to solve the problems that they are told are problems. Zizek advocates a new more creative form of education, one that doesn’t simply outline what must be done, but one that encourages individuals to expand their minds and the minds of others, by looking at issues on a more global level instead. While not explicitly about glitch it does bring into focus the concept of a controlled and proper system that many of us have assumed must be how things are. It brings up the concept of breaking through what is expected and finding the new, strange, and impactful.
Mark Nunes’s article breaks down the concept of glitch and writes directly about how glitch fits in regards to the rules and structure of our technologically advanced society. He gives a brief history of the terms of glitch and error, and shows that it has always in some way or another meant a type of deviant or unexpected behavior within societies, data, and more. Nunes brings up how glitches and errors, while breaking the façade of perfection in our programs and systems show the truth and reality behind them. There is beauty in the error. Perfection, absolute control, and certainty are broken down by glitches and errors and show the true reality.
The final reading’s link on the website led to a 404 error page instead of the PDF, which is kind of funny in a way. I did manage to find a PDF of it online, Glitch Studies Manifesto, by Rosa Menkman, this manifesto brought up the concept of noise. The imperfections that many artists want to hide are interestingly where their work comes from. The manifesto makes an argument for noise, comparing it to a force of nature such as a storm or lightning. Noise, glitching, and errors, are all means in which progress can be made. Break things down and build them back up, find errors and noise and let them take you down a new path, and maybe you can make something new.
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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?
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?