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March 01-04, 2018

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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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H. Jennings Sheffield

SPE Member since 2010
Member Chapter: South Central

A Momentary Glitch

A Momentary Glitch investigates the mixing of memories and moments through technological failures, to create a new moment in time. We experience glitches everyday. These glitches are often interruptive and unwanted in our daily occurrences, yet we accept them as part of the normal course of living with technology. However, if one was to actually look at these glitches, there exists a beauty in each. The mixing of time and experiences results in a new memory or moment. What if we could create the glitches and mix our own moments and memories, like that of a DJ sampling music? In essence, that is what I am doing.

Pulling from hundreds of video clips and still images of everyday moments, I re-integrate the clips and imagery back together based on subject matter or events I wish to "glitch" together.  Using the language of morse code, I etch statements regarding the technological interruptions we experience everyday (e.g., unwanted, unpredictable, erratic, temperamental). The etchings create disturbances in the video and catches in the progression of time. I then play the DVD with the morse code etched in it on a flat screen TV, as the disturbances and catches in imagery occur on the TV, I capture it with my camera. The resulting imagery blends multiple experiences into one, confusing the memory of each and thus creating a new memory or moment.

The final images are printed 30" x 20" and printed on aluminum using a new technique that actually infuses the dyes directly into specially coated aluminum sheets. This process causes a luminescence, and once installed, makes the images appear as if they are on flat screen TVs.

••- -• •-- •- -• - • -•• [Glitch #1]

• •-• •-• •- - •• -•-• [Glitch #4]

•••- --- •-•• •- - •• •-•• • [Glitch #2]

••- -• •-- • •-•• -•-• --- -- • -•• [Glitch # 38]

-- • •-• -•-• ••- •-• •• •- •-•• [Glitch #42]

••- -• ••• - •- -••• •-•• • [Glitch #74]

••- -• •--• •-•• •- -• -• • -•• [Glitch #73]

•• •-• •-• • --• ••- •-•• •- •-• [Glitch #32]

••- -• •--• •-• • -•• •• -•-• - ••• -••• •-•• • [Glitch #68]

-• •• ••• •- --• •-• • • •- -••• •-•• • [Glitch #86]

••- -• •--• •-• • -•• •• -•-• - •-• -••• •-•• • [Glitch #28]

- ••- •-• -••• ••- •-•• • -• - [Glitch #7]

•• •-• •-• • --• ••- •-•• •- •-• [Glitch #10]

• •-• •-• •- - •• -•-• [Glitch #56]

- ••- •-• -••• ••- •-•• • -• - [Glitch #45]

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