Featured Maker: Corey Johnson

Glitch Art – Exploring the Unexpected

The Maker Movement is made up of creators, inventors, crafters and techies who strive to inspire, unite and inform while celebrating the DIY community. One such Maker is Corey Johnson, Founder and Creator of Art of the Glitch. Johnson’s use of limited tools (most of his equipment is either hand-built or purchased from thrift stores) and techniques to craft glitch work provides a narrow but deep meditation on the relationship between humanity and technology.

We recently spoke with Johnson about glitch art, why people who like to “break things” will find it exhilarating, and the importance of the Maker Movement.

What is glitch art?

“Glitch art is a form of artistic expression that involves the exploitation of errors in systems. My specific form of glitch is commonly referred to as ‘circuit bending,’ which is a process by which an artist creates errors in existing electronics to produce new and interesting visual results.”

What excites you most about glitch art?

“I love glitch because of its accessibility. From the phones in our pockets to antiquated and obsolete technology rotting away in thrift stores and garage sales, glitch is a cheap and user-friendly art form that just about anybody can pick up. All it takes is a desire to break things, and a curiosity to explore the unexpected. The ability to create imagery through the manipulation of electrical current feels like wizardry on a good day.”

What will happen at the Art of the Glitch workshop?

“The workshop will run through the general artistic and political reasons behind the glitch art movement, and then explore three levels/projects of glitch art: an exploit of the panorama function on the iPhone, a simple signal-interruption cord that allows the artist to create static and fractured imagery, and an exploration into more complex circuit-bending techniques.”

Why is it important to be a Maker?

“As a visual artist, ‘Making’ is a natural extension of ‘Thinking.’ Making is the fire that is ignited by the sparks of thought and intention, and allows a greater exploration of artistic possibility. In glitch, so many pre-made, circuit-bent devices can be purchased by many talented Makers in their own right, but I believe that the act of creating those pathways for oneself is a vital part of understanding and discovering the world of glitch art.”

Art of the Glitch Workshop @ Cleveland Mini Maker Faire
2:00 p.m.   Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016
Cleveland Public Library, 525 Superior Ave. (2nd floor Learning Commons),
Cleveland, OH 44114

Space is limited and registration is required.  
Early bird registration:  
Day-of-event registration:  visit the welcome/registration table at the entrance

Corey Johnson is an award-winning graphic designer, art director and glitch artist working out of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Discover more at artoftheglitch.com.

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