The word “Glitch” is everywhere those days. In
movies and TV shows, in clubs and galeries, on billboards, in magazines and all
around the social network. Most people see it as a Digital failure, at best as
a nice effect or plot device. But it’s so much more: Some kind of natural
accuring Digital art. A new dynamic in modern Electronic music. A way to breech
the boundries of the (Computer) system. A crack in the Utopian facade and a way
to exploid the unknown possibilities of imperfection.

Peter Wetzelsberger and Lale Rodgarkia-Dara of the Wiener
Radia Kollektiv attempted a brief history of Glitch, including some examples:

  • The tracks loneloftpractice and Brunch mit Darwin by Austrian glitch artist Wolfwetz.
  • Some
    alcohol induced Philosophic outbursts by Gregor Fröhlich, Dita Mukane
    and Stefan Nowak. (Examples of the brain as a corrupted system)
  • Lale
    Rodgarkia-Dara’s failed interview with the theorist and feminist art
    curator Jelena Petrovic about the Glitch and the Dichotomy between the
    Digital and Analogue, supplemented by two Music pieces based on
    recordings with the counter-tenor Marin Vitas and a fan.
  • The piece Biomechanics (raw data of Günther Witzany’s “Biocommunication and Natural Genome Editing”) and excerpts of Meine Kleine Nachtmusik, generated by Lale’s broken Intercom system.


Jelena Petrovic