A few Glitch Art fundamentals

jonCates
3 min readMar 26, 2023

“ROBNESS is famous for questioning uniqueness, ie with the creation of TRASHART. ROBNESS is now using AI to work in the Glitch Western genre, creating works with nonhuman Machine Learning (ML) / Artifical Intelligence (AI) systems. so mayhaps these nonhuman ML/AI systems are ROBNESS’ adversarial friend, creating ‘unique’ new Western images based on ROBNESS’ previous glitches (7). && mayhaps an adversarial friend can offer constructive opposition through creativity, generating new results…”

~excerpt from:
Glitch Western welcomes to ROBNESS! — jonCates (2023)

“In 1978, Jamie Faye Fenton created Digital TV Dinner in collaboration with Raul Zaritsky and Dick Ainsworth… As I know from my own experiences of making the unstable arts in the 1990s — before the category “glitch art” existed — Fenton’s early work anticipated the core explorations and interventions of what would eventually become glitch art. Communities forming around these approaches were based in Chicago (as Fenton was herself when she made Digital TV Dinner), but also globally, across decentralized networks.”

~excerpt from:
Chicago New Media — jonCates, University of Illinois Press (2018)

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jonCates

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