DJ Spooky presents the mouth as a black cavity in A celebration of the history of the internet in art and sound, (2020). In this colossal narrative arc that visualizes the coming together of science and art, the human figures that collect and transmit a visual representation of data have mouths that are black holes – no communicative dots and lines –visual voids. The mouth (the voice, the speech, the utterance, the cry, the coo): warm and vast, or scary and to be avoided, depending on how you roll.
In A Glitch Pedagogy: Exquisite Error and the Appeal of the Accidental, Ernesto Peña and Kedrick James connect inquiry-based learning to the panoramic glitch. With what they call stitch-skipping, they say that “…glitches are visualizations of the sequential processes that went into their making. By doing so, the taker of the photo is formally represented in the resultant image, even though they do not appear as subject. This makes the malleability of representation much more obvious to the observer encountering a glitched image that captures something of the intention of the photographer. Typically, such representations remain indexical, pointing toward an assumed external reality from which the photographer, as the symbolic agent, remains absent. The invisibility of the photographer, the media, or the distribution network, hampers the learner’s ability to develop and utilize critical thinking skills in regard to the politics of representation. This visual glitching process disrupts the illusion of reality conveyed by representational media, enhancing sensitivity to the processes underlying the creation of narratives of truth and fact.” (Pena & James, 2016, p. 116)
I like finding myself amongst an already nascent community of makers and disruptions – as if I have arrived late to an auto(mated) learning group.
glitch4, jan 7, 2022
text4, march 5, 2022