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.

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