Glitch 2015.

Powell Building, North Holmes Road Campus, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1QU, UK.

On Monday 14th December the Centre for Practice Based Research in the Arts will be hosting a one-day interdisciplinary conference entitled Glitch 2015 – the politics of failure, error, disorder and noise.

The concept and creation of the glitch continues to engage artists and theorists working across a number of different arts disciplines, and in particular visual arts, digital art, music, and sonic art. Celebrated as a productive, generative figure within art practice, and also as a disruptive, destabilising form with radical potential, the glitch celebrates faults, failures, malfunctions, disturbances, anomalies, bugs, errors and noise. As the repressed sounds and images of technology, glitches render audible and visible technology itself, as well as the normalised systems and codes that underpin representation, communication and language. Although the glitch has been closely associated with technology, it may nevertheless also have the potential to illuminate other areas of experience and understanding, and in particular, as a form of noise, brings a political dimension to arts practice.

This one-day conference seeks to survey the field of contemporary glitch practice and glitch studies, while aiming also to explore the ways in which the concept might be applied to new areas of arts practice and theory.

The conference fee is £20 (£10 for students). 

On the day, registration for the conference will take place from 09.15 to 10.00 on the ground floor of the Powell Building.

The conference closes with a performance by Bog Bodies (Robert Stillman, Ben Rowley, Seán Carpio, and Anders Holst) followed by a wine reception. The conference ends at 18.00.


Keynote Speaker: Rosa Menkman (artist and theorist)

Dr Adam Smyth (Balliol College, University of Oxford)
Doing Things with Errors in Renaissance England

Prof. Sita Popat (University of Leeds), Prof. Sarah Whatley (Coventry University) and Prof. Susan Kozel (Malmö University)
The Error Network: A project report

Dr Alan Meades (Canterbury Christ Church University)
Kill Screen to Goat Simulator: Rhetorics of the videogame glitch

Ianis Lallemand (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris)
Material Glitch: Designing with digital fabrication artifacts

Matthew Johnson (Liverpool John Moores University)
Interrupting the Everyday Aesthetic Regime

Kate McLean (Canterbury Christ Church University)
A Glitch in the Sensorium

Charles Linehan (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance)
Using Decay, Interference and Glitches in Performance Practice

Kevin Logan (University of the Arts London)
The re_etive _losive as _erformative device

Prof. Roger Redgate (Goldsmiths University of London) and Prof. Matt Wright (Canterbury Christ Church University)
Single Combat

Dr Robert Robertson (composer and filmmaker)
The Perils of Perfection (why the ‘glitch’ is fundamental to creativity)

Panos Ghikas (Canterbury Christ Church University)
The Film Sextet: A performance malfunction and the wrong audience

Dr James Newton (Canterbury Christ Church University)
How to Read the Accidental Glitch

Live Performance: Bog Bodies
(Robert Stillman, Ben Rowley, Seán Carpio and Anders Holst)

Organiser: Dr Andy Birtwistle

Centre for Practice Based Research in the Arts


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