A Vernacular of File Formats


Rosa Menkman

A file format is the way in which information is encoded to be saved and opened on the computer. There are many different file formats for the many different forms of information that can be used on the computer. every one of these different formats possesses its own form of encoding or structure, a grammar of idiom.
When this idiom is broken, by for instance a glitch or an imperfect compression, a new image structure rises to the surface. In this workshop we will explore these kinds of new structures, as a Vernacular of File Formats, embedded within the discourse of glitch art.

Glitch art is a practice that studies a vernacular of file formats in exploitative manners to deconstruct and create new, brutalist (audio)visual works. However, glitch artists often go beyond this formal approach; they realize that the glitch does not exists without human perception and therefore have a more inclusive approach to digital material.
The materiality of glitch art is constantly mutating; it exists as an unstable assemblage that relies on the one hand the construction, operation and content of the apparatus (the medium) and on the other hand the work, the writer/artist, and the interpretation by the reader and/or user (the meaning). Thus, the materiality of the glitch art is not (just) the digital material that follows the vernacular of file formats, nor the machine it appears upon, but a constantly changing construct that depends on the interactions between text, social, aesthetical, political and economic dynamics and the point of view from which the different actors make meaning.
Digital artists exploit their digital materials thus also metaphorically or critically (showing the medium in a critical state or criticizing the medium and its inherent norms) and not just formally.

In this workshop I will show the most basic formal approaches to file formats and glitching of them. The workshop will also position itself critically to the design aspect of this practice.

PRICE: Free!