Over the past few years, I’ve been documenting when display screens show glitches. Unlike many glitch artists, I do not force glitches by manipulating bitmaps, or code in any way, I merely capture them with whatever means available (DSLR, computer screen capture, camera phone) when I see a natural occurrence. A fuzzy cable feed, a hiccup in a computer program, or a scratched DVD causing the movie to freeze and distort, these are just a few examples of things that I look for. Call it Gremlins, a ghost in the machine, or whatever you wish; I just like the idea of people manufacturing these machines down to the nearest micron in order to achieve the highest performance, and there are still problems occurring. My reasoning is that there is perfection in the imperfections; an artists mark can never be exactly replicated by any other because of this. I catalog these moments when I see machines displaying ‘the human element’, and I implement them into my design work when I can.
I layered a few of these glitches together and chopped them up to have a kaleidoscope aesthetic, because I love kaleidoscopes and the psychedelic spaces they create.