|date: Saturday 29/11/2008|
As far as I can remember, my main interests have always revolved around inverting the default use of new media technologies, both hardware and software-wise.
At first I did this only to subdue my fears for the big black and unknown machine. Lately I do this more as a political act, as a critique to the linear flow of technology and its contents.
I want to show that flows base themselves on conventions, and that in reality these technologies actually have a lot more possibilities. I think it is necessary to stage an intervention, a Deus ex Machina, to rupture the professional media codes and show the infinity of alternative discourses, explanations and interpretations. We need the sublime.
While I make my glitches I activate a machine, I vocalize the internal workings of a technology, I do surgery on its bowels and make the machine draw, scream or sing in different, new ways; the machine becomes "alive". In this sense, my work could also be described as a cybernetic flirt; the machine comes to life and I play with it.
The Nexus between Reason and Unreason[able]
Glitch art is often not just abstract, it is non figurative. This glitch is a disfiguration of a moving image. An art practice that seems to follow a tradition that goes back to the first World War, in which the real was heavily mutilated, often completely broken. Right under the glitch are the wounds that war (this time the was between the convention and the dissident) actually made. Is the glitch just a camouflage, a new form of a practice that resonates broken aesthetics throughout the history of contemporary art?
Jodi, or jodi.org, is a collective of two internet artists: Joan Heemskerk (Bogota-Colombia) and Dirk Paesmans (Caracas-Venezuela). Their background is in photography and video art; since the mid-1990s they started to create original artworks for the World Wide Web. A few years later, they also turned to software art and artistic computer game modification. Since 2002, they have been in what has been called their "Screen Grab" period, making video works by recording the computer monitor's output while working, playing video games, or coding.
Cimatics presents an exhibition of Casey Reas' Process series at MediaRuimte. In this work Reas explores the relationship between naturally evolved systems and engineered and synthetic systems. (presented by <> TAG)
On Friday Nov 28 Cimatics presents the world-release of the VIDOS DVD. This release with videos to the music of ex-Funkstörung Michael Fakesch' album DOS will be part of the screening program and there will be a special dj/live concert by Michael Fakesch himself.
On Saturday Nov 29th, iMal in collaboration with Cimatics will launch SHARE Brussels. Share is an international movement for open jam sessions. This is an open call for participants to plug in.