[Inspiration] glitch glitch glitch
Last week’s class was completely mind-blowing. Since Kyle is away this Friday (which is today), we are given two weeks to finish the assignment as opposed to the usual one week. Finally I could breath a little bit during the week. That is why I am writing about a class that happened a week ago.
Frankly I had never heard about glitch art before this class. I didn’t even know what glitch means in English . It is interesting because I would consider myself to be relatively well informed about contemporary art but for some reason glitch art and I have never crossed paths. So this class was super interesting to me!
While we were talking about the history of glitch art, kyle showed this piece of work by Yasunao Tone that just took me by complete surprise! (pictured above)
“In «Wounded Man´yo 2/2000,» the Fluxus and media artist Yasunao Tone translates Japanese characters, which he draws with a mouse using the audio software «Sound Designer II,» into acoustic oscillation sequences. In this way, noise-like sound structures become audible which in their conciseness of sound can be associated with Japanese characters.”
In Marina’s project development class, my theme is to study the relationship between calligraphy/ideograms and dance movements…i.e. I am trying to translate movements into ideograms. While this piece by Yasunao Tone is translating Chinese conji characters into sounds. So interesting!!! It also opens my mind up as to the possibilities of my own project: Do I have to translate movement into ideograms? (many have tried by using motion tracking/skeleton tracking) Is it that interesting? Or is it more interesting to look at translating ideograms (even my self-created little ideograms) into some kind of animation of lines that indicate movement?
Then Kyle showed us a few different techniques and examples of generating “glitch” like visuals such as databending, datamoshing. One of the examples is most interesting to me —generative code. It constantly generates glitchy visuals accompanied with sound.
I am reminded of the Transfinite show at the Armory last summer. It was the best experience I have ever had at an art exhibition! It is really something to be experienced in person! Totally immersive, soul-shaking, other-worldly to me! below are some of the photographs that I took
Here is a video documentation from the armory site:
Even though Ryoji Ikeda is not making glitch art here. It has a similar aesthetic to glitch art. I admired that work so much. I never imagined that I could ever come to this close to knowing how something so beautiful like that is created. And here I am, learning about how to generate glitch art with openFrameworks. Looking at it from this perspective, I am filled with joy!!!! I am so lucky
Continued to look at other work by Ryoji Ikeda…….beautiful!