The Moment(s) I Fell For Glitch(es)
by A. Bill Miller — Penn State Altoona
February 07, 2013 – 00:00
The following are a list of moments that broke/made me. With glitches, the breaking/making is the beautiful moment. The point were you have to open your eyes/ears and pay attention.
7. Broken VHS - For years in college we watched and passed around a VHS copy of The Wizard of Speed and Time. I lent it to someone at some point and it never came back. Upon further investigation, the tape snapped - it was worn out from overuse.
4. Wobbly Cassette - I used to make mix-tapes of records and cds and to listen to while I mowed lawns or walked around. There was a point were the really good ones started to sound like they were melting.
3. Satellite Television - We were trying to watch TV out in the country during a storm and the signal crackled apart into over-saturated chunks of Friends and choppy laugh tracks.
8. Untitled (Pink Dot) - I saw this Takeshi Murata video/animation during a screening put on by Cartune Xprez. It was in the exhibition "Animated Painting" at the San Diego Museum of Art. I saw a similar show called "Bilingual: Art at the Intersection of Painting and Video" the same year at Columbia College Chicago. Those shows were about painters making animation/film or filmmakers/animators making paintings. Untitled (Pink Dot) meant more than that to me. It let the material, the data, become as real as paint.
6. Digital Television Signals - Bad reception with old broadcast television meant a fuzzy picture/signal. With new television broadcasts, bad reception means pixel motion, jitters, jumps, and breakdowns. There is a point just before the no signal error when your body’s position in relation to the antenna effects the digital TV picture. I noticed it in our tiny apartment and I’ve been in love with it ever since.
5. ‘Open With’ - A broken image opened in my text editor by accident. The language of the machine hit me in the face, an unreadable/unknowable wall of text characters. There was something behind that mask. The image was just a string of letters and numbers that got interpreted somewhere/how for display.
10. Compression - You mean you can intentionally destroy the quality of the image/video when you save? No Way (in Bill and Ted’s voice)! Its the best of both worlds. A smaller file with more artifacting!