“The Art of Glitch” by PBS Arts: Off Book takes a look at the sometimes unintentional visual art and music that arise from technological glitches—from corrupted jpegs to broken video games.
Glitches are the frustrating byproduct of technology gone awry. Wildly scrambled images, frozen blue screens, and garbled sounds signify moments where we want to throw our expensive computer products out the window. Many artists and programmers, however, have embraced these crisis moments and discovered beauty in the glitch. By hacking familiar systems, they intentionally cause glitches, and manipulate them to create art.