Digital Fossil no.1
Displayed at the O3 Gallery in Oxford in January 2012.
I like to experiment with moving and digital images. I enjoy the way that happy accidents can occur in the creative process. I rarely start with the final product in view, but discover an image, which inspires me.
This was the case with the Digital Fossil or Laser Cut Glitch. This work evolved from an accidental digital glitch or error, which was recorded while transferring videotape to the computer for editing (see image below).
This error could easily have been ignored or caused annoyance, however I saw something rather beautiful in the square pixelated images produced.
I animated and manipulated one of these images, to produce the video piece, i-Glitch (2007)
The video i-Glitch explores ideas about online identity and error. “The glitch became my identity”. This image is still my profile picture on Facebook and other on line sites (see image below) and means a lot to me personally. It may be a rather morbid thought, but I would like this image carved into my gravestone.
We were experimenting at work with a new Laser Cutter, and I burnt the Glitch image into an old roof slate. The slate had layers of rust from the original nail, these were revealed in the cutting process. This created an object with a solid sculptural feel from the purely digital (see a detail below).
I am becoming increasing fascinated with the search for permanence of a purely digital form.
I would like to thank, Ruth Millar, Derek Morris and Tiffany Black from the School of Arts at Brookes for their help and encouragement with this project.