Glitch what?!

by Marisa Sanchez-Dunning

Glitch effects. Why are they so freaking cool? There’s something visually satisfying about working with and viewing glitch art. You don’t have to be a digital guru to like or understand how glitch effects work.

What is glitch art?

Glitch art is the practice of using digital or analog errors for aesthetic purposes by either corrupting digital data or physically manipulating electronic devices.

The glitch era is not dead. The rise of glitch art began around 2012, 2013 and continues to be a big part of the art world today. An exhibition, ‘Smack My Glitch Up: When the internet meets art’ curated by Maisie Florence Post, explores how glitch art is used in popular culture. It was held in Peckham, at the Copeland Gallery in Holdron’s Arcade. She explores music artists that have used glitch art in their works, from Kanye West to ASAP Rocky.

More and more internet-based pieces of artwork and ideas seem to be exhibition worthy, which is very exciting.

  • Kanye West’s music video, ‘Welcome to Heartbreak’
  • Check out an interview with Maisie on her exhibition and the thoughts and feelings behind it here.
  • Here are a few of my personal favourite pieces:

  • Glitch art is a prime example that all mistakes or malfunctions, have the opportunity to be inspiring.

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