READ_ME: Taxonomy of Glitches

Tony Scott is a programmer and developed the hobby of collecting glitches. His web site describes this as “GLITCH ART. The aesthetics of digital corruption”. But Tony insists he is “a programmer by trade” and not an artist.

Glitches are to be seen in the context of The Aesthetics of Failure.

Very interesting talk, very nicely presented. He shows some pictures of various types of glitches including background noise, lightning and distorted TV signals but focusing mainly on screen shots of software and hardware crashes, RAM maps and other interesting stuff.

He explains: “a glitch is any outcome, generated by a complicated process but which is deterministic”. So the computer, being complicated but deterministic, is the ideal birthplace for glitches.