How Does Glitch Art Reflect Society?

  • 2016-10-27

I remember in art school one of my teachers saying that if you look properly at a catwalk during fashion week (the material used, the colours, the cut, etc.), you’ll be able to see how society is currently shaped. This can also be applied to computer art, especially to glitch art. Glitch art has become more visible in the past 3-4 years. And if you think for a moment, really think about it, it makes sense.

A “glitch” is, by definition, an error. The definition of the word is a sudden, usually temporary malfunction or fault in equipment. “Creation By Destruction” as Clif Pottberg, administrator of the Glitch Artists Collective Facebook group, says when presenting his work. So basically glitch art is happening when something goes wrong. It’s an imperfection, and the result is often strangely beautiful.