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How technological environment
emerge new forms of art
In a technical sense a glitch is the unexpected result of a malfunction. It was first recorded in English in 1962 during the American space program by John Glenn when describing problems they were having

One day we will be able to distinguish among ten, twenty or thirty thousand different noises. We will not have to imitate these noises but rather to combine them according to our artistic fantasy

Luigi Russolo

The Art of Noises, written at 1916 is considered to be one
of the most important and influential texts in 20th century
musical aesthetics
The origins of the glitch aesthetic can be traced to the early 20th century, with Luigi Russolo's Futurist manifesto The Art of Noises, the basis of noise music
The term glitch came to be associated with music in the mid 90s to describe a genre of experimental, noise, electronica. Shortly after, as VJs and other visual artist began to embrace the glitch as an aesthetic of the digital age, glitch art came to refer to a whole assembly of visual arts
Tim Hecker is one of great influential noise composers of our time

A glitch, even when it is intentionally provoked, always maintains a level of chance, at least from a human point of view, because of the computer's seemingly random and chaotic way of breaking down

Nick Briz
Early examples of glitches used in media art include Digital TV Dinner

glitches. Databending
The term databending is derived from the process of circuit bending, in which musical objects such as children's toys, effects pedals and electronic keyboards are deliberately short circuited by bending the circuit board to produce erratic and spontaneous sounds. Like circuit bending, databending involves the alteration of its target's behavior.

Databending achieves this alteration by manipulating the information within a media file of a certain format, using software designed to edit files of a different format; distortions in the medium typically occur as a result.

"What do you run from?"
by Ian Grant

Experimental Glitch Art Movie
by Ian Grant

Nowadays glitch aesthetics becomes pop culture phenomenon indicating our changing relationship with technologies

By totally changing the world of modern visual culture, Glitché has become a Webby Awards Official Honoree, announced by Apple as one of 2015's best apps, and has gained a following of internationally renowned artists & creatives
Glitché App

We have the chance to actively shape the direction of what may very well become a significant period of art included in history books down the line

Mallika Roy

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