Thursday, 8 December 2005
Tony Scott, Dimtre Lima, and Iman Morandi allow us to reconstruct the image contents of browserspace with their recently released Glitchbrowser. Glitchbrowser returns all images on a site with aberrated versions. Lovely discolourations, dislocations, pixellations and colour bands infect the original image and in invariably beautify content through this intentional corruption.
A little histories….
‘Although glitch seems a word that people would always have found useful, it is first recorded in English in 1962 in the writing of John Glenn: “Another term we adopted to describe some of our problems was ‘glitch.’ ” Glenn then gives the technical sense of the word the astronauts had adopted: “Literally, a glitch is a spike or change in voltage in an electrical current.” It is easy to see why the astronauts, who were engaged in a highly technical endeavour, might have generalized a term from electronics to cover other technical problems. Since then glitch has passed beyond technical use and now covers a wide variety of malfunctions and mishaps.’ Via dictionary.com
‘The word glitch comes from the German glitschen, that means ‘to slip’. Considered as a very short fault, the term is used in the computing and electronics industries, as well as in video games, and circuit bending. Exploiting electronics glitches has been very current in the musical world.’ Via this review
The true thrill of a real time digital glitch is that is not often easy to reproduce and quite often unique – an unexpected post card from the edge of an hour of lost work depending your position. In any case these visual malfunctions are a far more rewarding landscape than the blue, red or black or indeed yellow screens of death landscapes.