You gonna laugh so hard at me but I just recently discovered 4chan. And it is a paradise for a net artists like me… So I went ahead and did this as a declaration of love to the hyper post-privacy dungeon that is 4chan. I think I am going to spend more time there, since Horus (i.e. the 12 year old mostly white and wealthy male tyrant) lives there and it is he who rules the world (according to some whose name where erased form the public board but not the meme bank).
“3x4chan – Horus pit 001” glicth 4th°, 2014
Living near Prenzlauer Berg here in Berlin – the chique part of that town – I can assure you it is true. Horus is rising and it is not a good thing, to my mind at least. But who cares, as long as he can be trapped so easily… He is after all just a child – a very powerful one though.
“4chan_0003” glicth 4th°, 2014
“4chan_0004” glicth 4th°, 2014
“4chan_0002” glicth 4th°, 2014
“4chan_01” glicth 4th°, 2014
As Andy Warhol, the theoretician of pop art put it: “I just do art because I’m ugly and there’s nothing else for me to do.” I this tradition and also with a very structuralist attitude towards a New Aesthetics DaDa I proclaim:
So: time to get filthy rich whilst doing nothing or the next best thing; enjoying ourselves…
I love my glitch art community. Especially the free and open Glitch//Request on facebook. So many people share art and knowledge for the fun of it.
“glitch_me_01_Giuss Ragazzini” glitch 4th°, 2014
“glitch_me_02_Meg Gomer” glitch 4th°, 2014
“glitch_me_06_Silvia Romanelli” glitch 4th°, 2014
“glitch_me_07_Dominic Eastridge” glitch 4th°, 2014
“glitch_me_03_Shahla Brooke” glitch 4th°, 2014
“glitch_me_05_Ayla Marie” glitch 4th°, 2014
“glitch_me_04_Josh Herman” glitch 4th°, 2014
“glitch_me_09_Abiosis Duetiri Kite” glitch 4th°, 2014
“glitch_me_08_Amber Stoller” glitch 4th°, 2014
This is why I eagerly participate in it. Here, I wanted to show some results. The logic is simple. Go to the fb group, post an image and get glitched… Hope to collect more over time so stay tuned or contact me for your personal glitch.
This is part two of “how low can you go”, a series of animated GIF art that ask two questions. How low can you go in resolution & morals.
“how low can you go 04” GIF animation, 300x176px, 2014
We are programmed, hard wired (by our neural network) to react to those colours and patterns of motion and shape, especially when it comes to primitive ‘content’. I have always been interested in exactly that question: how low can you go and degrade a signal, an information, picture, sound, so it is still percievable as such – as structured information. Yet it is that border, the lowest visual/informational signal to noise ratio – that is what facinates me if you will.
“how low can you go 04” GIF animation, 300x184px, 2014
“how low can you go 06” GIF animation, 122x250px, 2014
“how low can you go” is a series of animated GIF art that ask two questions. How low can you go in resolution & morals.
“how low can you go 01” GIF animation, 294x176px, 2014
That is to still connect to the human aspect of the depiction / image. Do we recognize the male or female body within the pixels? What does the movement induce, is it enough to orientate us as to what we are watching? Or is it the flesh tones? What are we watching anyway? Is it porn, is it art and who cares anyway?
“how low can you go 02” GIF animation, 294x176px, 2014
“how low can you go 03” GIF animation, 294x176px, 2014
Glitch art porn is SFW 😉 But beware, don’t get your hands dirty with the pixels…
“next_group (her_face_005)”, glitch 4th°, 589x800px, 2014
Glitch art has been around for some time now, just think about Cage, Paik or even before that Dada in a sense. But with the advent of digital media, the glitch aesthetic has changed, absorbing new errors, failures and bugs. Now a distinct term in either electronic music, digital art, video art and even poetry, the glitch has arrived in main stream media for better or worse. There is a growing community sharing source materiel, techniques and know how, a new art form is emerging and it is vibrant.
Many cultural complexes have been altered permanently with the advent of digital technology but nothing parallels the rise of everyday pornography. Ubiquitous, it now is accessible to everyone at any time any place. The pornographic content that is shared has a tendency to radicalize, videos and pictures getting more and more hard core, the depicted practices often disturbing and bewildering. Finally the gender specifics seem to demand / imply a demeaning and degrading picture of “the female”, not speaking of their more or less consensual participation in these productions. This is what the series “her_face” is about.
The web 2.0 is so sexophobic it always makes me laugh so hard…
“digital_origine” glitch 3rd°, 1024x846px, 2014
based on “L’Origine du monde” by Gustave Coubet, oil on canvas, 46×55cm, 1866
I once founded a facebook group and used a miniature of Gustave Courbets’s “L’Origine du monde” as a picture for it. It took fb just a day or two before they censored the image. Now being part of the beautiful “Glitch Porn” group, there is a discussion going on, if we should post the source materiel which is NSFW by definition… This spawned my interest: could I do it again, this way and it would pass… well, we will see. Keep you updated.
But this picture has always been politically and socially explosive. Painted for a private cabinet, it was later acquired by the famous psychoanalyst Jaques Lacan who was it’s latest owner and kept it hidden behind a second painting. This cover-up painting was especially designed to represent the basic shapes and forms of the depicted ancestral womb but well disguised by a innocent landscape. It now can be found in Paris, in the Musée d’Orsay. I have never seen it myself…
Heaven… I’m in heaven, And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak.
And I seem to find the happiness I seek, When we’re out together dancing cheek to cheek.
“my_dear_heaven (her_face_002)”, glitch 4th°, 800x1000px, 2014
“my_dear_heaven” is a part of my post privacy glitch porn art series “her_face”. Her face deals with the depiction of the female face or its omission for that matter in modern day web pornography. In this instance, the source material was actually a transvestite / transsexual / transgender male in beautiful agony. While seeing it, it reminded me about that song “cheek to cheek” and it still does every time I see it.