By using glitch techniques to alter, modify and destroy the raw code of a digital image, unexpected ghosting, aberrations, slicing and colour shifts occur, distorting the image and its meaning.
The glitch process can be understood as a new digital lo-fi. Similar to the individual, unique and unpredictable aesthetic qualities given by lomography cameras due to their often poor build quality, individual, unique and unpredictable glitch aesthetics are created due to damaged and incomplete data.
This process taps into the idea of the ‘new aesthetic’ and adopts computerisation as a collaborator, as gaps of missing data are attempted to be understood and expressed visually beyond binary and code, creating the glitches we see, and giving evidence for a form of computer ‘consciousness’.
A new sense of truth and authenticity is also given through this method, which shows that there is much more present below the surface of a digital image than that which meets the eye. And by using portraiture, fashion and beauty imagery as the source material, the viewer is asked to apply this same thinking, and question the often overly retouched images we see daily, and challenge the notion of truth and the representation of identity in modern digital photography.
However, more importantly, through this, we can explore, visually present, and comment on the extent of our new, ever growing scopophilic desire and obsession to not only photograph, but to ‘see’ as the digital devices that are now so firmly integrated into our everyday modern lives.
This idea is further pushed, as this particular glitch process naturally transforms these images from 2Dimensional photographs, into 3Dimensional anaglyphs, which when viewed through red/cyan 3D glasses create a holographic effect, drawing comparisons with recent technological digital advances such as 'Google Glass'.
Between this, the recognition of the first human medically classified as a 'cyborg', coupled with our ever growing need to both photograph and digitalise our lives, comments on our digital age are made.
is it possible that we will soon have digital retinas, and instant memory uploads to an online cloud built right into our bodies?