Jamie Boutlon is a glitch-artist—an artist who focuses on the possible uses (or misuses) of technology for artist endeavors. At the same time, his works goes beyond just finding the quirks of our technologies. As he states, they also reveal our relationship with these tools,
“I feel that exploring these processes empowers us by changing our perception of our relationship with technology. We are free to alter and misuse these toys we’ve developed, and oftentimes when a glitch is produced it gives us a window in to the mind of the machine by showing us how they ‘think.’”
To make his works, Boulton uses a technique called databending. This is the process of manipulating data flow through the use of computer software. Boulton’s works are created by taking base images (photographs, scanned documents, etc) and opening the image file in a Hex Editor. Here Boulton adds, removes, or alters the building blocks of the file, which fractures the integrity of the image. The final result becomes corrupted version of its former self. Each file type produces a different form of distortion in accordance with how the data is stored, which as Boulton states, “gives a fascinating insight in to how computers store and display information for us.” And he’s not keeping his process a secret either. You can access a “how to” here. To access more of his work, visit his blog by clicking here.
- Lee Jones