¬ glitches +others

7 Dec

In my ‘glitches’ research I’ve come across some really interesting projects that other artists and designers have been making on this theme.

There’s a lovely project ‘Postcards from google earth’, by Clement Valla, featured in the Glitch Issue of IdN magazine. In this Valla exploits irregularities in google earth’s data interpretation of various bridges, which creates a fantastical, often white-knuckle ride version, of these architectural structures.

“glitches…are unintentional. Glitches generate forms that no individual has thought of or set out to create. Rather, they result from the interaction of the material processes (glitches due to hardware), the code (glitches due to software), and the user or programmer. “ Clement Valla. 2011, Postcards from google earth. IdN: Glitch Issue, Volume 18 no3, p24.

Another great ‘glitch’ project is JODI’s Max Payne Cheats only. JODI, playful and disruptive as ever, have focused on the not so functional areas of this highly sophisticated game, and revel in absurd moments where the user is inside the protaganists head (literally in there, behind his eyeballs – we’ve all been there in one game or another!) , locked in physical loops (as a leaping naked lady) and makes attempts to ascend an inescapable staircase (no matter what characters they inhabit).

“Jodi have intervened in the programme structure in such a way that absurd perspectives and effects alter the game’s otherwise realistic graphics: we see the massive hero repeating idiotic movements; he dips his angular head into a virtual matrix; his body appears semitransparent…“ Transmediale Festival 2006


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