This is a digital portrait of my son Tom. When he was 4 years old, we were explaining the laws of physics and how all things were made up of atoms. He was asking a lot of questions such as “Are ducks made of atoms? Are trains made of atoms?” Then he thought carefully for a moment and said, “Are feelings made of atoms?” The question was complex to answer and it has resonated since that time. The second part of the title comes from my adoption of glitches and breakdowns in the digital media I use daily to create artworks. These imperfections in the transmission of encoded data are seductive to an artist like myself. I choose to work with the inherent entropy in ubiquitous digital systems because the chance element or contingency creates something unexpected and visually appealing from the aesthetic qualities peculiar to the medium.
"The ‘original’ experience of rupture is moved beyond its sub- lime moment(um) and vanishes into a realm of new conditions.
The glitch has become a new mode; and its previous uncanny encounter has come to register as an ephemeral, personal
experience of a machine. "(Rosa Menkman, The Glitch Moment(um), 2011)
The animation uses 3 layers of video as image sequences, with accidental glitches and encoding errors that create the aesthetics displayed here. The layers of video are a mix of serendipitous video captures from various sources (footage of Tom playing with a digital screen, glitching television reception, trees swaying in the wind), all filmed with a smartphone video camera.
My code-driven animations are akin to performances. They consist of video, still image, sound and scripts, encoded and re-encoded into different formats and then compiled in Adobe Animate CC to manipulate the digital media content in real-time with scripted code.
In its original state, the animation can play forever: constantly changing layers, blends and movement never display the exact same sequence of pixels though the contents are looped and repeated over and over. Each time the animation is launched, it plays differently within certain parameters written in the code. Clicking on or touching the screen can reset the visual contents if desired.