Loft (mach 2) things that soar, things that float – twice the speed of sound

I got glitchin’ on my mind
IE web mail logout glitch image

Web mail log out in IE - glitch-a-go-go

Why does the brokenness of the glitch appeal?

Because something about the look of this digital shard does

Even though I’m annoyed at having to compose a lengthy email again from scratch
and I’m now developing a habit of saving email drafts
at the end of each new paragraph.

Is it virus
or vagary
or visions unprompted?

The textures, colours, randomised arrangement and the compact isolation on the screen
chime –
The white space is important.

But there’s a hierarchy that comes with the glitching form.

With proprietary plug-ins and commodification
If Kanye has done it, is it still cool?
Aversion to the version that appropriates subversion

Accident or design?
“I like the wrong stuff better than the made stuff”

Glitch, like memory, can lead in unexpected directions.
I start with glitch and I end up with zombies,
undead shadows of erratic media functioning.


In the Glitch Studies Manifesto Rosa Menkman talks about the “fingerprints of imperfection”.

Hito Steyerl says that “The bruises of images are its glitches and artifacts, the traces of its rips and transfers”.

Here’s a short list in progress of scholarly thinking on glitch…

Brown, W. & Kutty, M. 2012, ‘Datamoshing and the emergence of digital complexity from digital chaos’, Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 165-76.

Cameron, A. 2012, ‘Zombie media: transmission, reproduction, and the digital dead’, Cinema Journal, vol. 52, no. 1, p. 66+.

Kelly, C. 2009, Cracked media : the sound of malfunction, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.

Krapp, P. 2011, Noise channels : glitch and error in digital culture, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis.

Manon, H.S. & Temkin, D. 2011, ‘Notes on Glitch’, World picture, vol. 6, no. Winter, viewed 20/09/2013, <>.

Moradi, I. 2009, Glitch : designing imperfection, Mark Batty Publisher, New York.

Nunes, M. 2011, Error : glitch, noise, and jam in new media cultures, Continuum, New York.

Rourke, D. 2013, ‘Falling into the digital divide:  encounters with the work of Hito Steyerl’, Afterimage, vol. 40, no. 5, pp. 19-22.

Tunali, F.S. 2012, ‘Glint:  Audiovisual Glitches’, Leonardo, vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 296-97.

Vanhanen, J. 2003, ‘Virtual sound:  examining glitch and production’, Contemporary Music Review, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 45-52.

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