[artinfo] Review of Rosa Menkman's book "The Glitch Moment(um)

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Apr 16 14:38:03 CEST 2012

The Glitch Moment(um)
Rosa Menkman
Institute Of Network Cultures, 2011
ISBN 9789081602167

Review by Rob Myers.

Rosa Menkman's book "The Glitch Moment(um)" is a comprehensive study 
of the theory, practice and social context of contemporary digital 
Glitch Art. Glitch Art is similar to the ironisation of the noise of 
old media into cultural signals seen in Trip Hop and that is the 
basis for the nostalgic image-making of Lomography or Instagram. But 
it is based on current digital technology, rather than past analogue 

Glitch Art is growing in popularity and critical attention, and is 
already being recuperated by the mass media (for example in a recent 
Calvin Klein perfume television advertisement). Analogue glitches 
have been part of art and popular culture for decades, for example in 
Nam June Paik's television-based art or the titular character of the 
cyberpunk TV show "Max Headroom". Digital glitches and their 
simulation featured in the postmodern graphic design of the early 
1990s created by groups such as Designers' Republic. But between a 
history of analogue media and a future of mass media recuperation 
there is the current Moment(um) of digital glitch aesthetics that 
Menkman identifies.


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