Chicago New Media Art and Games exhibition, curated by jonCates

A Trans Historiography of Glitches and Errors — Whit Pow, Feminist Media Histories, University of California Press (2021)

History of Computer Art — Thomas Dreher (2020)
Beyond Resolution — Rosa Menkman (2020)
Elektrosyntaksi — Seppo Kuivakari (2020)
“Everything is (not so) Terrible! Heuristic Glitchicism as a Method for Electrate (Re)composing.” — Dr. Scott Sundvall, Computers and Composition (2020)
El arte glitch como arte pop — E Mangia Guerrero (2020)
Stored in Memory: Recovering Queer and Transgender Life in Software History — Dr. Whitney Whit…

Selected commentaries, responses, and reviews of
鬼鎮 (Ghosttown), the Glitch Western series of films, games, and writings
created by jonCates

鬼鎮 (Ghosttown) “não é uma ode ao gênero e sim a exorcização. Não apenas do western em si, mas de que tudo o que há de mal resolvido naquela parte do território dos Estados Unidos.
O cowboy não tem voz em “CidadeFantasma“, o cineasta concede justiça e nos desloca daquele ambiente masculinizado e branco e entrega o discurso a uma jovem representante do povo navajo (diné, para respeitar a etnia, conforme informação da própria narradora). Uma nação que se construiu a…

exhibitions and screenings

鬼鎮 (Ghosttown), the Glitch Western series
films, games, and writings
created by jonCates

Glitch is the Soul in the Machine exhibition (Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minnesota)
Glitch is the Soul in the Machine exhibition (Winona State University, Minnesota)
International Digital Media and Arts Association (iDMAa) (Winona State University, Minnesota)

INDETERMINACY (University of Dundee, Scotland)
San José International Film Awards (San José, Costa Rica)
Buffalo International Film Festival (Buffalo, New York)
筆記電影會 New Wave Motion Film Club at There Is No Reason (Hong Kong)
Festival ECRÃ (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
Santa Cruz International Film Festival (Santa Cruz, Argentina)
Feminist Border Arts Film Festival Pandemic…

todaze: i watched Twin Peaks; streamed a beautiful noise event from ENEMY on my experimental online radio station; worked beachside in a cold Miami; curated/organized Dirty New Media with folks at an important Glitch Art Festival in Chicago; considered the majiks of ritual tattoos; visited as a Visiting Artist at Northwestern University; exhibited in Art Basel; taught Unity/VR at the School of the Art Institute; filmed trains coming and going from the stations; wore Santiago X’s design under sum winter camo; curated Art and Games in Chicago New Media at University of Illinois, in Gallery 400’s most well attended exhibition…

01. bax inna times, out on the trails, i heard yawwwl love . so here is sum glitch’t grids like barbedwire && a skull, itself wrapped orr a wireframe for Day1 of glitchtober2020…

a film still from:
alterSchädel — jonCates (2020), a 鬼鎮 (Ghosttown) Glitch Western moment created by jonCates

a short film starring (+ visible in this still) Emily…

On Thursday November 12th 2020, i presented my work in the INDETERMINACY project of the University of Dundee, Scotland in their
THE FUTURE OF INDETERMINACY Virtual Workshops & Artists Talks:

hi yawl, this is an encounter in which we get to know each other and then we can hopefully stay in touch

today i will share with you views into my 鬼鎮 (Ghosttown) Glitch Western, my series of experimental Art Films and video games, Glitch Art Games. …

jonCates and 林愛真 (Ei Jane Janet Lin) photographed by Kelly Braman

“wheres to start to tell the stories of 鬼鎮 (Ghosttown), the Glitch Western?

…ive bin thinkn/feeln abts how/where/when to start narrativizing the ways in which i have developed 鬼鎮 (Ghosttown), the Glitch Western. of course i could begin wit my early loves for and ongoing commitments to Glitch Art, Noise, and New Media in Chicago, online, and worldwide;

Glitch Artists: what’s innovation in Glitch Art?
Me: 🎁💝⚡😸💖✨❗‼️

Recently a question was posed on the Glitch Artists Collective, by Grant Holden, with responses from folks on what is considered or constitutes innovation in the field of Glitch Art. i responded:

content. && context. innovations in #GlitchArt will be technological, of course, because #Glitch as an #Art form, is a form of #NewMedia Art and involves technological materials, ie digital, analog, electronics, etc. simultaneously, and super importantly, innovating in content && context is in fact even more important (ie given #postglitch, Glitch Aesthetics, and the much bemoaned/celebrated/utilized phone apps )…

Rosa Menkman is the consummate theory-practitioner of the ever moving/flowing media art known contentiously enough as Glitch or Glitch Art or Noise or Noise Art or Error or Disruption or Corruption or Loss or Failure or Obsolescence or Disappearance or a not so subtle dance between all these possible poles of existence in, of and between unstable categories…

Glitch — “A form of low frequency interference, appearing as a narrow horizontal bar moving vertically through the picture.”

As Menkman has written, this flow follows a movement over time through media from…


School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Film, Video, New Media and Animation dept; Art History, Theory and Criticism dept.

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