Glitch Art.
October 25, 2002 1:41 PM   Subscribe

Glitch Art. When software fucks up, their display on-screen sometimes goes with them. Beflix finds the art in these glitches, and in all kinds: glitchy circuit design printouts and electron scans, for example.
posted by moz (11 comments total)
thanks to lightcycle.
this scrambled heart rate image looks spooky.
posted by moz at 1:43 PM on October 25, 2002

very cool link, moz :)
posted by sugarfish at 1:53 PM on October 25, 2002

Cool site. I used to do some collages with highly-compressed Windows Media Player oddities in the background (self-link).
posted by hyperizer at 2:08 PM on October 25, 2002

i was going to post this the other day but chickened out. very neat stuff!
posted by landock at 2:14 PM on October 25, 2002

this is some of my favorite types of art, and I've been following this sort of thing for a long time, but haven't seen this link. thanks!

not sure if everyone's seen it or not, but potatoland.
posted by trioperative at 2:26 PM on October 25, 2002

I didn't see this classic on there.
posted by skryche at 2:28 PM on October 25, 2002


I made some accidentat glitch art myself while working on a project a few weeks back.

I was doing a test of php image generation functions for a web painting application and was making random noise images ( like this)... but I accidently seeded the number from the time inside the loop each time, resulting in strange semi-random patterns: like this.

Was pretty cool after it I realized the bug (was pretty frustrating before that :) ).

Er, apologies for the self-link I guess.
posted by malphigian at 2:31 PM on October 25, 2002

very cool.
posted by Espoo2 at 2:52 PM on October 25, 2002

I especially liked the nudes, or was that the glitch.
This is why I like Meta and its member moz.
Maybe I too can now create some art, since I'm a glitch to my computer. Thanks moz I enjoy the obscurity of things that one can find in an object, art.
posted by thomcatspike at 4:34 PM on October 25, 2002

moz: nothing personal, but maybe including the word "f**k* in a FPP isn't necessary...I'm just sayin'.
posted by davidmsc at 6:36 PM on October 25, 2002

Weird, I was just talking about this to a colleague with a particularly cool visual glitch in our particle system. I was proposing making an archive of the more interesting ones, although it'd be a bit difficult to distribute. Maybe as "out-takes" or for easter-eggs. Unfortunately a large part of my job is to eliminate 'art' like this (and to be honest, 99% of them are in no way interesting).

Failing sound code is my personal favourite. In Kinetica, I had a set of bugs that cancelled and restarted every engine sound every fifth of a second, maxed out their volumes, but preserved pitch and pan. Sounded like nothing on earth.
posted by inpHilltr8r at 7:34 PM on October 25, 2002

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