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Glitch art resonates with the increasingly complex love-hate relationship humans have with technology. Errors, and by extension the changes, that can occur within software source code and data can provide a fertile foundation for the imagination.

In an attempt to explain this nascent artform, Martino Prendini wrote: “The error becomes image and movement, system errors are exploited, and it has a certain punk nature. At the same time, this kind of art exploits the glitch and uses it, so its nature is also entropic, dadaist... Glitch art is therefore the contradictory relationship between man and machine losing his functionality."

Multiple initiatives have already sprung from, inspired, and built on the idea that errors are human—and beautiful. Glitch artists take it further, and attempt to challenge the common belief that technology and algorithms are flawless and cannot malfunction. Take Poxparty by Jon Satrom for instance: it develops "funware," Apple-inspired software products which have flaws before reaching to the market and are sold with those unchanged. Outside of the simple quest for aesthetics, glitch art questions the cultural values that are associated with technology.

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