Glitch Aesthetic Exhibition, Saturday, April 6, through Saturday, April 13, 2013

glitchOpening Saturday, April 6, and on display through Saturday, April 13, Glitch work by six international digital artists, including Kim Asendorf , Giselle Beiguelman, Maneul Fernandez, Rosa Menkman, Jimmy Joe Roche, and Rick Silva.


The glitch aesthetic is an aesthetic of error. The distortion of visual and audio data by the machines meant to present this data clearly is the basis of glitch. Feedback, pixelation, color distortions, and static mark the works presented in this exhibit. Yet despite the often unappealing effect of glitching in our daily interactions with computers, cell phones, and televisions, these artists have found that the seemingly random alterations made by distortion can render banal imagery beautiful, make beautiful imagery strange.  With a wide variety of techniques, from modifying analogue equipment to intentionally produce glitched images to using 3-D composition and rendering software to produce realistic-yet-impossible environments, these glitch artists are engaging with technology to question its role in how we see and hear the world.

Kim Asendorf is a conceptual artist and works in the large area of media and digital related art. He loves to transport things from the Internet into real life and back. Kim has done several net art projects, often based on data taken from the Internet or gathered from individuals. He experiments with generative strategies, physical computing, data, and glitch. Most of his works become installations, sculptures, visualizations and abstract geometric art, but some turn into applications, animated gifs, or noisy sounds. In 2010 he coined the term “pixel sorting,” an algorithmic image manipulation process with unique results. Born in 1981 in Achim, near Bremen. Trained as an industrial electrician in 1999 at Daimler. Studied four semesters of computer science at Technical University of Bremen. From 2006 to 2011 he studied at the School of Art and Design Kassel with a focus on Media & Social Hacking, & New Media Art and Creative Coding. Kim lives and works in Berlin.

Giselle Beiguelman is a new media artist, curator and researcher. She teaches Art History and Design at the Architecture and Urbanism Faculty of the University of São Paulo. Her art work has been presented in international venues such as Net_Condition (ZKM, Karlsruhe), el final del eclipse (Fundación Telefonica, Madrid), The 25th São Paulo Biennial, Algorithmic Revolution (ZKM), 3rd Sevilla Biennial, Transitio_MX (Mexico), YOU_ser (ZKM), Geografías Celulares (Fundacion Telefonica, Buenos Aires and Lima), artemov (Belo Horizonte and São Paulo) and Visual Foreign Correspondents (Berlin), among others. She was the curator of Nokia Trends (2007 and 2008), of the Brazilian participation in ISEA Ruhr (2009) and of the online festivals HTTPvideo (2008 and 2010) and HTTPpix (2010). Artistic Director of Sergio Motta Institute (2008-2011), she was Professor of the graduate program in Communication and Semiotics of PUC-SP (São Paulo, 2001-2011). Editor of seLecT magazine and curator of Tecnofagias (3rd 3M Digital Art Show, Instituto Tomie Othake, Aug. 13–Sep. 15 2012).

Manuel Fernández is a Spanish artist based in Madrid. His artistic practice begins at the intersection of art, popular culture and the Internet. He works with a wide range of media including: painting, website, animated .gif, installation, photography, video and print. His notable pieces include QR Calligraphy, Two Hundred and Sixteen Colors, On Kawara Time Machine, Ants, and most recently Broken Gradients.

Fernández has several works at the Artbase of Rhizome at the New Museum NYC and has been exhibited in the Americas, Europe and Asia, including The Museum of Moving Image, New York, Art Basel Miami Beach, Bronx Art Space, New York, The Photographers Gallery, London, The White House Studio Project, Toronto, Shangai Art Museum and the Triennale di Milano.

Manuel has received numerous awards for his work, including Carmen Arozena Prize, Madrid, Projecte Capella Intervention Prize, Palma de Mallorca, and Castellón Expanded Painting Prize.

Fernández is founder and curator of Domain Gallery, a web-based gallery focused on digital and Internet-based works. His work has been featured in multiple outlets, including Spanish newspaper El País, trend magazine Notodo, Triangulation Blog and Minus Space Blog, and New York, among others.

Rosa Menkman is a Dutch artist/theorist who focuses on visual artifacts created by accidents in both analogue and digital media. By combining both her practical as well as her academic background, Menkman merges her abstract pieces within a grand theory of artifacts (a glitch studies). Besides the creation of a formal “Vernacular of File Formats”, within her static work, she also creates work in her Acousmatic Videoscapes. In these Videoscapes she strives to connect both sound and video artifacts conceptually, technically and sometimes narratively.

In 2011 Rosa wrote The Glitch Moment/um, a book on the exploitation and popularization of glitch artifacts (published by the Institute of Network Cultures), organized the GLI.TC/H festivals in both Chicago and Amsterdam and co-curated the Aesthetics symposium of Transmediale 2012. Besides this, Rosa Menkman is pursuing a PhD at Goldsmiths, London under the supervision of Matthew Fuller and Geert Lovink.

Jimmy Joe Roche is an American visual artist residing in Baltimore, MD. Roche is a member of the arts collective Wham City. His videos have screened internationally in venues including the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, Incubate Arts festival in Holland and Rojo@Nova 2010 in Brazil. In 2008 Roche had his first solo exhibition at Rare Gallery in New York. 2010 marked his second solo exhibition in Colorado at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and in January 2011, he opened his third solo exhibition, Under Pressure, at Rare Gallery. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Beautiful Decay, The New Museum’s Younger than Jesus artist directory, 100, a new book by Francesca Gavin published in 2011, and a feature article in the November 2011 issue of the Spanish art magazine BELIO. Roche is a recipient of the 2012 new work residency at \\ Harvestworks // in NYC and is preparing for a two-man show with fellow artist Nathaniel Mellor at the Baltimore Museum of Art in the summer of 2013.

Rick Silva’s art has shown in exhibitions and festivals worldwide, including Transmediale (Germany), Futuresonic (U.K.), and Sonar (Spain). His research has been supported through grants and commissions from organizations such as Rhizome and The Whitney Museum of American Art. He has performed live multimedia works in London at E:VENT Gallery, Tokyo at The Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, and throughout North America including the Software Cinema Festival in Houston Texas. Media outlets such as The New York Times, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and CBS Evening News have all featured his art. Recently, the author of the book Transmission Arts: Artists and Airwaves regarded him as “a recognized pioneer in New Media Art.” Rick is an Assistant Professor of Digital Arts at the University of Oregon. He has previously taught at the University of Georgia and the Alberta College of Art + Design.