Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Going Back to Glitch Gulch

Here's the French version of the wall text that will live outside my installation at the 2011 Biennale de Montréal:
Dans Immobilité (Extraterrestrial Glitch Remix), un film créé à l’aide d’un téléphone cellulaire, Mark Amerika poursuit l’aventure d’un tournage sans scénario. Il laisse l’improvisation dessiner la diégèse. Acteur majeur de la culture Remix américaine, Amerika compose avec l’esthétique accidentée du glitch informatique et du Video Jockey.
The move back into glitch is intentional. I have been playing with glitch aesthetics for over a decade and, I guess it could be said that I was practicing a form of glitch writing in my first novel The Kafka Chronicles (1993). Just read the 1998 "To Do" section that I remixed awhile back for the adaweb website in response to a series of identity hacks performed on artists and curators such as myself.

Some big news: my co-commissioned artwork for the AND festival in conjunction with the London 2012 Olympics is a go and will also heavily play with glitch aesthetics, although I'll save the details for an appropriate posting later in the year. As always with my large scale digital art commissions, I will start by developing the source material as I travel the world. For this artwork, the places I'll be using for locations shoots include Colorado, London, the NW region of the UK, Portland, Salvador-Bahia, Rio, Istanbul, New York, Sydney, Melbourne and, of course, Hawaii. It will be a busy time (clocking up the frequent flyer miles) and will happen in conjunction with both preplanned and improvised production shoots, a smattering of keynotes/lectures/workshops, and ad hoc postproduction studio "visitations" wherever these facilities may be. I also hope to use this nomadic "artworlding" to read from and/or perform excerpts from remixthebook (University of Minnesota Press, September 2011).

There's more to spill here in Blogland, but it will have to wait for now. The microblog is always active:

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Keywords: Mark Amerika, 2011 Biennal de Montréal, AND Festival, remixthebook