What I really like about Josh Azzarella’s work is the connection between collective memory, history, and authorship. By the alteration of popular and universally recognizable images, he complicates the intersection between personal and collective memory and questions our notions of reality.
The images and videos he modifies are in direct connection with relevant political events. By interfering our notions of reality through the removal and/or modification of subjects and situations, he provides us to new alternatives to decontextualize history.
His work is a direct reference for what I want to do for my final project since I’m interested in working with images/videos of Latin American dictators sponsored by the US.
What are some of the key distinctions the author is making about glitch art?
For me, the most powerful statement provided by the author about Glitch art is that we can understand it as a study of the dialog between us (humans) and machines, how we relate to logical systems, and an exploration on what happens in the breakdown between human thought and computer logic.
Are there cultural or technical reasons why you feel giving up control of the final output is important to these artists? And are there reasons you would or would not want to do this in your own work?
As the author points out, artists give up (or share) control of the final output with the machine in a way to confront logical systems and challenge the human mind. I feel very interested in integrating sonification to my practice, I never thought that I could transform visual data using audio tools. The possibilities that Generative art and Algorithm art open for artists and media makers are particularly exciting for me to start learning through the IMA program.
What are some differences between .JPEG and .PSD files? What are some some reasons you would use each?
JPEG is a compressed single layer image; PSD is Photoshop file with editing layers saved on it. JPEG files are small and can be read on many devices quickly, PSD files are bigger but quality of the files are not compromised.
What is Adobe Bridge and what does it enable you to do?
Adobe Bridge is a separate application that can be downloaded and installed as part of creative cloud. Bridge allows you to navigate different folders and images easily, move images between folders, create new folders, see different information about files from the metadata window, etc.
What key is a shortcut to having Photoshop take up the entire screen on your computer?
What are the keyboard shortcuts to view your image at 100% and ‘fit to screen’?
Command + 1
Command + 0
How do you pan around a document without clicking on the Tools panel?