The boulevard of broken memes


Glitchy art makes me nervous, it always has – and I’m pretty sure that’s because I’m a ‘perfectionist’ – I need to understand everything that’s going on at all times. Which is why I find it pretty ironic that I decided to study digital media, because the Internet is about the same wavelength of being entirely figured out as the afterlife is. It’s confusing, a concept that nobody is going to be able to understand because we are constantly being thrown new mediums and new meanings to things through different platforms.

Glitch art for an example is to use the concept that has long been there even before technology – artists like Picasso and Klimt using aesthetically pleasing distortions in their paintings to evoke feeling in their audiences. In the case of broken or glitchy artwork, it is a feeling of nostalgia; though that’s not always clear. It’s a deciphered opinion on what the message of glitchy art is, just like this blog post is a deciphered post on what the lecture was trying to show us.


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Albert Borgmann has mentioned through his theories that, “Technological wizardry such as the internet renders reality invisible.” Which is quite true, when it comes to the Internet and it’s broadness and accepted brokenness it’s difficult to consider what we are seeing through a medium, what we are being told and what the message is inside of it. He also believes technology should be used to serve us, not as a craft. I’m not sure I agree, even if glitch art makes me uncomfortable. A glitch and the internet is something you can’t understand – like a secret within technology and that’s probably why people are so drawn to it.

Here’s a glitch art video meme to lighten the mood, shall we?

Kratos Shooting Star Meme from Art’cane on Vimeo.


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