Artists began experimenting with digital art as soon as computers started being used. As early as the 1960’s, John Whitney used mathematical functions from a computer based program to display his work visually. Since then, digital art has become very common, majors and studies have developed and it’s one of the largest growing artistic mediums as of late.
Rosa Menkman is a Dutch artist and curator, who studies glitch theory and creates glitch art. Her most recent work, a series of videos is made up of static distortions.
Menkman is interested in pushing the boundaries of her digital work space. “Consider for instance video; video generally consists of a sequence of quadrilateral images, positioned along a linear time-line. But what would happen to video if it would break outside of this four cornered resolution?”
In order to create her art, Menkman uses software to compress an image. An image on her computer can then be represented as data. Compressing an image translates the data to be smaller without losing any important information. Mistakes in data compression are usually interpreted to be errors, but she used those manipulations to conceal secret messages to anyone capable of understanding them. When you scramble this data, the images and sounds become distorted. It’s commonly referred to as manipulation, datamoshing, or glitching.