“Computers don’t make mistakes, people do”

“a glitch as an interruption in a system”

“technologies are not neutral tools, but rather are symptoms of our worldview and cultural norms”

“We need not create glitches in sterile glitch laboratories… The glitch naturally arises from within our currently existent… systems”

“aestheticized breakage”

“something that looks like it’s breaking” vs “something which is ‘honestly’ breaking.”

“Honest informatic failures” = “failures of function”; unexpected

“A glitch is experienced when a human mis-expects one thing and winds up with something else”

“The last mile of all media is analog… The glitch happens when the media runs (last mile) on human bodies.”

“The goal of the ‘political’ glitch artist is to stage/wire/infuse/pre-load her glitch event so that it purposefully unfolds from ‘a-ha’ to ‘oh shit.’ The ‘political’ glitch artist is (eventually) dis-satisfied with the production of trippy looking shit. The ‘political’ glitch artist (eventually) seeks to glitch out shit in ways that lead to an implicit awareness of our human/system entanglements, and an implicit onus on the part of the ‘viewer’ to move those entanglements higher up and further in. Political glitch art means to endow its ‘viewer’ with a feeling of her own agency and the heaviness/obligation that accompanies it.”

an event must implicate its “viewer” in order for it to be a considered a glitch

“The ‘political’ glitch artist” seeks “fulcrums of agency” within a system; that is, places where the smallest intervention results in the largest impact (see Dana Meadows’ Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System)

“Political glitch art” can happen in any medium (not just digital, not just visually)… or it has to involve machines in some way as per the etymological definition of “glitch”… this man[ual/ifesto] deliberately and clearly contradicts itself perhaps to illustrate the point within the contents of the document with the document itself; is it a glitch?

“A glitch ceases to be political when it becomes a [mere] image.”; a political glitch must be an actual glitch not a representation of one; it must not be symbolic of a political stance but actively practice one

“How might glitch artists purposefully load/lade their glitches and release them back upstream into and beyond the entangled systems that initially birthed them?

What short-curcuited explosions might be triggered? What system modulations might such chain-reactions engender?

How might glitches be intentionally rigged to {buffer} overflow their containing systems?

Within (and without) the machine?”

“The most efficacious glitch art begins to eat away its own frames”; similar to institutional critique or avant-garde in general, good political glitch art subverts its medium and context (new media that resists archiving conventions, art criticizing the nature of the gallery that supports it, etc)… these are systems interventions

“The glitch image… makes visible the violence inherent in the system.”