[spectre] Review of Rosa Menkman's book "The Glitch Moment(um)".
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Fri Apr 13 13:12:11 CEST 2012
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Review by Rob Myers.
The Glitch Moment(um)
Institute Of Network Cultures, 2011
Rosa Menkman's book "The Glitch Moment(um)" is a comprehensive study of
the theory, practice and social context of contemporary digital Glitch
Art. Glitch Art is similar to the ironisation of the noise of old media
into cultural signals seen in Trip Hop and that is the basis for the
nostalgic image-making of Lomography or Instagram. But it is based on
current digital technology, rather than past analogue technology.
Glitch Art is growing in popularity and critical attention, and is
already being recuperated by the mass media (for example in a recent
Calvin Klein perfume television advertisement). Analogue glitches have
been part of art and popular culture for decades, for example in Nam
June Paik's television-based art or the titular character of the
cyberpunk TV show "Max Headroom". Digital glitches and their simulation
featured in the postmodern graphic design of the early 1990s created by
groups such as Designers' Republic. But between a history of analogue
media and a future of mass media recuperation there is the current
Moment(um) of digital glitch aesthetics that Menkman identifies.
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