PUTTIN’ ON THE GLITCH

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Taco Melody

Excuse the skipping record, but things got a little glitch-y with the Visual Assignment, Glitch Art. “Glitch art is a genre of art based around digital artefacts. A digital artefact is the unexpected result of when a technology breaks. An artefact could be sound of a CD skipping or pixilation on a highly compressed Youtube video. Glitch has been called the “art of the artefact” and stretching the intended use of a device or file.”

Glitches are usually a bad thing, signifying a corrupted file and data loss. (I started photography class with a corrupted SD card, resulting in the loss of photos. It was tragic). They can be good or funny glitches though, such as those that occur in video games. (I think we all took advantage of Pokemon Red/Blue’s Missingno glitch). But glitches are by no means a phenomenon of modern media. CD’s, VHS’s, cassette tapes, album records, and pretty much anything that produces sound or image has the possibility of becoming flawed to the point of unusable. In this assignment, I wanted to explore the 80’s VHS glitch.

Originally, I had thumbed through all of the visual assignments for this week and had skipped over the glitch assignment (pun intended). I hadn’t planned on creating glitch art, but then something unexpected happened- a glitched photo appeared in my phone.

I have notoriously bad luck with phone cords. (Or any cord, really). They usually become frayed and bent with harsh use. My current phone cord does not stay plugged into my phone. I often move photos from my phone to my computer. To recap: phone cord connects/disconnects a dangerous amount of times. Computer: boops and beeps at me that something keeps disconnecting. And this is probably how my glitch happened. Normally, I would be freaking out, but the glitch happened to a copy of a photo, and it actually made some really cool art.

Original glitch:

Now, as cool as this glitch is, I didn’t actually make it, so I decided to take this naturally occurring phone glitch and turn it into a VHS glitch. (Funny thing: I couldn’t even bring this photo into Photoshop. It yelled at me because it is a corrupted file. So I brought up the image in ‘photos’ and took a screenshot of it. Hopefully, none of my other files get corrupted in my attempt to play with a buggy photo! I’m not too smart sometimes).

For this task, I used the guide, How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop to glitch out my glitched photo to the max!

Re-mixed glitch:

I brought in the original (uncorrupted) photo and erased the top portion so that my final image would have both faces and bodies to match. I added some sweet RGB distortions, noise, static, and VHS lines to the already existing glitch lines. And of course, my photo needed a play button. I imagine this is what a VHS glitch might look like if you paused on the part that you taped over. This was a great glitch tutorial, and I’m excited that I can now make any image look like it came straight from a messed up 80’s vid-vid-video!

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