Orbiting the Glitch began as an idea in an era of instability and fragility. In this chaos, the path of failure sometimes appears as the only visible one. As Samuel Beckett said, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” The exhibition is inspired by what it means to be an error and by what it means to embrace an error. With the curiosity about how this can be liberating and how it can inform and create new artistic practices, we join forces with the glitch.cool collective to produce an exhibition that explores the glitch aesthetic through music, visual, interactive and generative new media art.
Orbiting the Glitch aims to showcase the work of the collective and how they have evolved over time. The collective is built on and expanded by community-shared knowledge and skills. The glitch.cool discord server has become a hub of audio-visual creatives and for that reason the exhibition aims to acknowledge those members by inviting them to participate with their work.
Taking a step further; after publishing an open call and inviting artists, we discovered collaboration around the word which expands our community and introduces creatives who embrace the error in different ways.
The exhibition consists of the work of forty two artists who orbit the glitch through a variety of mediums and reasons. All of them contribute to the discussion of how technology and art intersect. Where can we find the errors in that intersection and how can we use them to either understand burgeoning fields of technology or simply enjoy the creative process and result?
Consider what failure means and what people believe it means. There are disruptions to what we think of as normal. These disruptions lead to various places. They leave room for reconsidering and critically engaging with channels of communication, interaction, and perception. Sound disruption, lost signals, half finished sentences, looking for the line to come back. All of these glitches have the potential to cause anger and discomfort. But what if we accept them? Isn’t this accepting a new reality where everything is broken?
We accept these errors. These errors have the power to create new possibilities.
Much of the spirit of this exhibition is based on Legacy Russell’s Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto.