The Aesthetics of Error / Designing Imperfection
As one of the most representative stylistic connections of the post-digital culture and the New Ugly, the Glitch opens as a breach in the system, taking advantage of the error as a creative possibility.
The easiest way to define a glitch is to say that it is a technological error, a corrupted file or a missing line of code. It is not something proper in the system but normally a transitory glitch takes us away from the illusion that is a control over the technology. The glitch is always ephemeral and has a mysterious aura that takes the thought away from the efficient digital world, creating dreamlike elements from technological ruptures.
In a scenario in which the border between the physical and virtual world is blurred, the seduction of technology has lost weight in people’s minds and art turns to digital error in an attempt to humanize the new media and devices.
Although glitch is usually understood as something that happens without you causing it, but art is not as innocent and casual as that. Many creators under the New Ugly label have been using different techniques such as circuit bending, data bending, datamoshing, aliasing, distortion or no-input for decades, exploring new territories and taking the error into an aesthetic form.
The main goal of this exhibition will be to reveal the important presence of digital error in the aesthetic practices of graphic design and contemporary art.
Selection process and deadlines
The call for submissions will open at 00:00 on June 12, 2023 and will end at 23:59 on August 30, 2023 (GMT+1).
Once the deadline for the presentation of candidatures has expired, the Jury will make public the decision of the call for submissions, on September 15th, and will communicate it personally to each of the winners by e-mail. Only the selected artists must send the original work indicated by the Jury within a maximum period of 15 calendar days from its communication.
Awards and exhibition
The jury will select the three best proposals received, which will be part of the Bideotikan exhibition in multiple digital screens in the city of Bilbao and in the permanent exhibition at the Bideotikan headquarters in November 2023, along with the rest of the works curated by the organization.
In addition, the jury will award three rewards of 500€ (taxes and deductions included) to each winner.
How to participate?
Proposals should be sent through the festival’s e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each artist must send:
Up to three pieces of digital video art (video-art, code-art, 3D, Motion design, GIF, animation…) of 30 seconds duration (with the possibility of looping in case of being shorter). The relation with this year’s theme will be positively valued+
- Name and surname(s) of the author(s)
- Short description of the work
- Link to the work online (Instagram,YouTube,Vimeo…),with credentials in case it is private
- Contact e-mail of the author/s.