[-empyre-] glitch device

Nick Briz nickbriz at gmail.com
Tue Dec 6 12:46:12 EST 2011


First, I want to say thnx to Patrick + all for getting this started, it's
great to see online critical glitch and/or gl1tch and/or glitch.art and/or
GLI.TC/H <http://gli.tc/h> convos formulating so quickly after all the IRL
events of the last couple months (by which I mean not only
GLI.TC/H<http://gli.tc/h> but
also Glitch vs Scratch <http://www.atasite.org/2011/10/glitch-vs-scratch/>,
the FLIP Screening <http://www.flipfestival.co.uk/about/>, Algorithmic
Unconsciousness<http://phillipstearns.wordpress.com/2011/10/13/algorithmic-unconscious-group-exhibition-nov-4th/>
, Destructional Video <http://www.leedsfilm.com/films/destructural-video/> at
Leeds, d1sc0nN3ct<http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/5/25/26639/Arts--Culture/Visual-Art/dscnNct-The-art-of-the-glitch-at-the-Townhouse-Gal.aspx>
in
Egypt [going on now] and all etc.evts I'm forgetting), all of which are
testament to an exciting moment>um (I mean moment>um here, I think, in the
same way jonCates did when he referenced the international glitchscene)

In re:to Andreas, I appreciate that you've introduced politics to the
conversation but take issue with your framing. I think there is a very
real/fluid/ongoing glitch && politix thread[s], which we made an effort to
present at GLI.TC/H <http://gli.tc/h> in the form of a panel + open
discussion <http://numbers.fm/media/Politics_in-of_Glitch_NUMBERS.FM.zip>.
Additionally, the political potential of glitch art is (has been) a major
thread in my own personal work <http://nickbriz.com/glitchcodectutorial/>.
For me, it is by combining glitch w/ art that this potential manifests (not
a "deadly grip", but rather alimentation). A similar alimentation which is
a core motivation behind our organizing of GLI.TC/H <http://gli.tc/h>. I
don't think this motivation (and goal) is "elitist", in fact it's
intentionally (and carefully) open and inclusive. Within the context of
GLI.TC/H <http://gli.tc/h>, "glitch art" often refers to a community made
up of many communities, the art worlds mentioned being one of them, but
also academia (similar but different from these art worlds), also
"creatives" (in the commercial/design sense), also non-art world (fringe)
computer art scenes, also non-professional (amateur/folk) "participatory"
communities (which often convene on social-media: facebook, vimeo, flickr)
---- and I don't mean to create distinct categories here, rather propose
overlapping/fluid groups.

I agree with Rosa, I don't think that the binaries are particularly useful
(though it was a good starting
point<http://www.oculasm.org/glitch/download/Glitch_dissertation_print_with_pics.pdf>
for
some conversations 7 or 8 years ago). Additionally, I think the "fetish"
perspective is a rash over simplification of thousands of
works/experiments/endeavors/thoughts being produced by hundreds of
artists/thinkers/enthusiasts. I think a more useful perspective might be
the glitch moment(um), by which I mean, as Rosa Menkman defines it, "the
moment which is experienced as the uncanny, threatening loss of control,
throwing the spectator into the void (of meaning)", the moment which
becomes a catalyst, a potential for (contemporary) glitch.errs to exploit,
often in the interest of, "modulate[ing] or productively damage[ing] the
norms of techno-culture."

This moment(um) becomes an array of impetuses, and this to me is incredibly
exciting. Glitch art (again, as [a] communie[s]) is concerned with + has
been exploring varies themes: failure <http://vimeo.com/14283462>,
interference/noise <http://laps.artoffailure.org/8silences.html>, digital
punk <http://www.flickr.com/photos/max-capacity/>, digital
psychedelia<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqXXv_htNj4>
, [retro] nostalgia <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPb7zkCSz7g>, entropy,
[human/computer]
memory<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0beTqzWdyqE&feature=player_embedded>
,  human+computer interface <http://vimeo.com/15821484>, hacking/cracking +
Intellectual Property<http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLE7F731BE271DC5D4&feature=player_embedded&v=ZP8VkH_fc6w>
, Digital Rights <http://vimeo.com/11672869>, [planned]
obsolescence<http://www.recyclism.com/> and/or
[anti]upgrade and various other nuances of our digital ecology.

I think this could be a fruitful lens. Rather than debating whether the
glitch is a glitch if we call it a glitch, I'd
be interested in discussing/dissecting with yawl the avalanche of activity
that has sprung up over the last year (couple years) around this idea and,
as Curt suggested, what it's doing to us.

-Nick-
http://nickbriz.com


On Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 12:37 AM, IR3ABF <ajaco at xs4all.nl> wrote:

> Andreas Maria Jacobs, i respectfully disagree w/what i read to be yr
> anti-art position in its most generalized application when you write
> w/sweeping confidence that "the art world's - deadly grip" is sum how a
> totalized effect/affect which will steal away possibility + "eradicate
> every possible trace of authenticity, replacing it with its commodified
> merchandazible fetish derivate." mayhaps you are opposed to Institutional
> Art or the institutions of art. or mayhaps the oppressive socio-economics
> of consolidated wealth/power that give rise to exclusionary elitisms... but
> if so, then these are specifics, not generalities, related to the unruly
> category of what constitutes 'art' or even "Art". && even if these would be
> the cases (that those are yr oppositions in specific) then those
> fears/concerns are warranted in our current context but not sum how
> predetermined. even the way 'we' (an inclusive term which may not be
> well-placed here) dfn 'art' +/or "Art" is technosocial + culturally
> contextualized. the dfns change + art modified over/through times
>
>
> @Jon Cates,
>
> Well, with all respect, I am somehow missing a clear standpoint in *your*
> movement in how you posit yourselves in conflicting societal environments,
>
> I am not discussing the specifics of glitch art 'as is', but about the
> specifics - are there any distinguishable specifics at all or are these
> just pronounced without being established? - of glitch art's relation with
> the established and functioning *art* world in a broader sense, i.e. not
> necessarily correlated or connected with glitch art.
>
> Has art/Art (including glitch art) in *that* art world any *meaning*
> besides its commodifiable fetish as art and if so how then to seperate art
> for the art markets - expressable in wealth accumulation for a small
> exclusive group, from art related with non-commodifiable non-fetish meaning
> and inexpressable in wealth, exclusivety etc etc, using alternative
> value/meaning measuring systems
>
> Without properly formulating an answer or pointing to a direction in a
> problematic field of mutual societal and economical contradictions, I see
> a naive and glitchy international partying bunch of youngsters unaware or
> unwilling to be aware of the dark and gloomy sides of existing art
> hierarchies and I feel offended being confronted by such ignorance if this
> naivety is also publicly stated
>
> also Andreas Maria Jacobs, im confused/troubled by the positions you seem
> to representing in yr -empyre- email. are you the same artist who makes
> "prints on paper. Signed & numbered, editions of 3" of domesticated +
> aestheticized Glitch Art which is exhibited in galleries (i.e. @ GLI.TC/H2010
> in Chicago) + sold (or @ least intended to be sold) on art markets? this is
> what you represent about yrself vry clearly on yr website:
> http://nictoglobe.com/new/room/New%20Room/2006/
>
>
> Yes, indeed I do make prints on paper - althought not domesticated or
> aestheticized - at least when I can afford the material costs which are
> currently by far too expensive to even think about, considering the
> physical dimensions I like my works to be. But in case there is interest I
> am more than willing to produce them in any amount or size you want. You
> can find the specifics at the same website
>
> Andreas Maria Jacobs
>
> "Antartica: empty colorful people making empty colorful products"
>
> http://nictoglobe.com (Art Magzaine, Amsterdam 1986)
> http://burgerwaanzin.nl (La Resocialista Internacional)
>
> Sent from my eXtended BodY
>
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