[ISEA2015] Introduction: Sub Theme: Glitch

Introductory Statement

By definition a glitch is small: a transient, short-lived fault that creates disturbance in a system. And yet the effects of a glitch can be monumental: on an aesthetic level a glitch can completely elide the readability of an image; in an airplane a glitch can cause total systems failure leading to catastrophe. One can find glitches in anything: in complex processes, in our images, bodies and lived experiences. A glitch is unstable, something slippery that is hard to find and harder to fix. Glitch is a ping from the system that makes itself visible. While glitch has a history it continues to appear in the contemporary practices of many artists. How can we explore glitch in the frame of cataclysmic, raw disruption? What is the scale of glitch now?