&nbrs;Beyond Resolution


[ book ]
Glitch Moment/um
Published by the Institute of Network Cultures, December, 2011.
The concept of the glitch moment/um is twofold: first there is the moment, which is experienced as the uncanny, threatening loss of control, throwing the spectator into a void (of meaning).

This threatening loss of control then becomes a catalyst with a certain momentum, from which the glitch can pass a tipping point: either it tips away into failure, or the glitch will force new knowledge about the glitch’s techné, and actual and presumed media flows onto the viewer. In case of the latter, the glitch will force the viewer or user to reconsider their habitual use of the technology.

Even though at first, the viewer reacts with shock and perceives the experience of glitch as a loss (of control), the glitch cannot be subdued as a solid state of perception. Just as the understanding of a glitch changes once its named, so does the notion of transparency or systemic equilibrium, supposedly damaged by the glitch itself.

The ‘original’ experience of rupture has moved beyond its sublime moment/um and vanished into a realm of new conditions. The glitch has become a new mode; and its previous uncanny encounter is now read as an ephemeral, personal experience of a machine.

︎ From the INC Website

“Glitch culture organizes itself around the investigation and aestheticization of breaks in the conventional flow of information, or meaning within (digital) communication systems.

In this book, Rosa Menkman brings in early information theorists not usually encountered in glitch’s theoretical foundations to refine a signal and informational vocabulary appropriate to glitch’s technological moment/ums and orientations.”