We presented portfolio work in class yesterday, and when one of my classmates was up, she passed around an artist book that she'd made, which happens to be filled with digitally corrupted images. It's a testament to her project that as soon as the book made it into my hands, I completely stopped paying attention to anything else she said. :)
And so I went home, did a lil' googling, and came across this post over at TNW: "Sometimes accidents — like a slip of the hand while painting, or a wrong note while recording – create the most beautiful results."
I've done photo manipulation before, both in-camera and via photoshop. But data corruption... databanding... glitch art... this is all new to me. I took my first step by downloading ExtraFile. To create the image above, two corrupted versions of a single image were layered in Photoshop. Here's a closer look:
If you're into this stuff at all, you may already be aware of Rob Sheridan and his work for Trent Reznor/NIN. I also like To Adrian Rodriguez, With Love from Melanie Willhide. Her laptop was stolen, but then recovered — unfortunately, the thief corrupted all of her data as he tried to wipe the drive. While running data recovery to see what she could salvage of her ruined photos, she was fascinated by how her images had deformed into surreal compositions.
Who else is doing this kind of work? I'd love to check it out!