Nº 253

Glitch Art has long been an established mode of expression for staging critical media consumption. Glitch gifs, videos, music and even textiles alert audiences to the fallaciousness of the technology that increasingly dominates our world. Whether its purpose is to debunk our blind faith in technology or to instil in us the feeling that we have lost control over our personal data, Glitch is now more ubiquitous than ever before. Designers, too, are making ever more frequent use of these aesthetic malfunctions to enrich works that rely on functionality.

Ondulé – Jan Plecháč und Henry Wielgus


The side table Ondulé (French for “corrugated sheet metal”) by Czech designers Jan Plecháč and Henry Wielgus impresses if only on account of the courageous choice of material. Instead of painting the corrugated sheet metal, the designers allow it to oxidize and then use the random “faults” caused by this chemical process to underscore each object’s uniqueness. The multi-coloured surface is fitted with a thick glass plate as table top.

Alphabent – Daniel Purvis und Drew Taylor


Taylor “Alphabent” is a Glitch publication by the Melbourne-based designer duo, Daniel Purvis and Drew Taylor, featuring one digital experiment for every letter of the Roman alphabet. The title is an allusion to their combination of typography and various data-bending techniques. The authors’ aim was to prove that bringing together two ostensible opposites can yield some very fruitful visuals. The A to Z distortions build on a combination of various inks, papers, printers and scanners and even extend to the visual outcomes obtained using the audio editor Audacity. The book was published in a limited edition of 125 copies by Daniel Purvis’s own publishing arm, Stolen Projects.

Glitch Coat – Nukeme und Ucnv


The Glitch Coat rightly deserves the accolade of “Glitch Pioneer” in the world of fashion. The coat’s two Japanese creators, Nukeme and Ucnv, live and work in Tokyo, where the coat went on sale in autumn 2013. Yet the brightly coloured patterns had to wait until the launch of the spring/summer 2014 collections before making it onto international catwalks. Ucnv has been a devotee of Glitch Art right from the start. His art objects, which make use of a wide range of media, have been exhibited all over Japan since 2009. A specialist in fashion, Nukeme regards his works as vehicles of communication.

CTM Festival 2014 – Studio Grau


“Dis Continuity” is the split second of uncertainty between interruption and continuity in contemporary music culture visualized by the Berlin-based Studio Grau in their concept for this year’s CTM Festival (Festival for Adventurous Music and Art). The 15th edition of the festival was to be a reflection on the way musical experimentation past and present is mutually influential. The Studio Grau designers concentrated on switching and fracturing time levels and graphic styles to maximize contrasts. The collages thus created derive their visual coherence from the use of three basic colours, allowing the wild glitch elements to be firmly embedded in the basic festival concept.


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