The Rise of the Glitch: How Broken Technology Became Art

PBS' Off Book investigates how programmers intentionally manipulate electronic errors to create music, video, and fashion.

PBS's Off Book web series takes a closer look at the artistic evolution of the humble glitch -- the disruptive sounds and images that result from electronics gone awry. By hacking familiar systems, programmers and artists explore and cultivate these errors to create music, video art, and even fashion. This short documentary interviews creatives in the space, Phillip Strearns, Scott Fitzgerald, Anton Marini, and Daniel Tempkin, about how this experimental form has become increasingly popular in creative work of all kinds. The series is produced for PBS by the production studio Kornhaber Brown.

For more videos from PBS Off Book, visit the YouTube channel.

Alessandra Ram is a former writer and producer for The Atlantic Video Channel. Her work has also appeared in Foreign Policy.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

A Stop-Motion Tour of New York City

A filmmaker animated hundreds of still photographs to create this Big Apple flip book

Video

The Absurd Psychology of Restaurant Menus

Would people eat healthier if celery was called "cool celery?"

Video

This Japanese Inn Has Been Open for 1,300 Years

It's one of the oldest family businesses in the world.

Video

What Happens Inside a Dying Mind?

Science cannot fully explain near-death experiences.

More in Video

Just In