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This tutorial is equal parts workshop and artist lecture the subject of which is "glitch art." Glitch art is the aestheticization, recognition, and/or instigation of a glitch, a break and/or disruption of the expected flow of a system. Glitching, as a process, is inherently reliant upon technology yet surprisingly accessible and executable. Glitch lends itself to pedagogy as much as it serves as a ruse to traditional modes of artistic instruction that codify random acts of creativity. Glitch art, both formally and conceptually, is resistant, foregrounding a critical relationship to the digital culture in which we find ourselves mired.

This workshop/lecture is titled the Glitch Codec Tutorial. Here I demonstrate how to create the "glitch codec" a hacked piece of software I use to make intentional glitches. The Glitch Codec Tutorial is one way to experience glitch art. The Glitch Codec Tutorial can be used to make glitch art, but it is not a tool in and of itself. Rather, it is a means to a tool or, more appropriately, a means to a method[ology] of production. I say method[ology] because as a tutorial it is principally about laying out a set of easy to follow technical instructions for creating your own Glitch Codec. This tutorial, however, is more than just a "how to" it is a full disclosure of my personal process. This means that I share not only my tools, techniques, and tricks but my feelings, philosophy, and ethic as well. Issues ranging from the open-source and copy-left movements to the phenomenological impact of codecs on our moving image culture are addressed while accessibly guiding participants through the hacking/data-bending process. It is equal parts technical lesson and theoretical lecture.