The accidental potential.
A glitch is a rupture in information flow, which forces the digital file out of its flawless
hyperrealistic design to a reality of randomness and imperfection.
It exposes the true nature of digital photography hidden beneath its formal facade.
While everything operates as expected, this fragility remains invisible, concealed by
the layer of expectations that defines photography itself.
Compared to traditional chemical photography, the potential for errors has been
drastically decreased with the advent of digital photography. For professional
photography this has been a relief and real game changer, as it relies heavily on
efficiency and performance. For art photography this has represented a shift in the
way some artists explore and allow errors to intervene in the creative process. At the
same time, digital photography has become a catalyst for a post-photographic era.
The original meaning of the word error suggests: to wander along a different path,
without a purpose, but with the potential for unexpected results and consequences.
Glitches like these can be generated by fortuity or purpose. Modernism, Abstract Art,
Dada, Happening and Conceptual Art explored them, and nowadays it is a key factor
in Dj, remix and hacking cultures.
Serinyà’s body of work orbits around layer phenomena. At the center of his research,
the exploration deals with some of their defining characteristics, such as their
invisibility, their capacity for distortion, but most importantly, the parallelisms that
these phenomena and their consequences have in common with cultural and social
In this context, a glitch represents the anomaly that reveals the presence of a layer
occurrence and it becomes a vital moment of revelation and a fantastic opportunity
(*) The wilderness in the machine”: Glitch and the poetics of error | Christina
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