A Pixel and Glitch Hotel Room
Mark Amerika’s art and writing practice is for me an invention, a philosophy, a tease, a manifesto and a nudge to remix life’s semiotic debris. So as soon as I saw the source material for the project, the video of his text animations and “lectures”, I knew that I needed to get busy capturing data.
I was in a hotel room, switching channels, thinking these thoughts when I picked up my camera and began recording the surface of the TV. Pixel and glitch aesthetics weaken the spell of the digital image, but open so many unexplored possibilities of language/image construction. This is exactly the space where Mark Amerika works. Post-production is a decomposition and re-compostion, in my case through a randomly generated grid, until a concept, a pattern or design finds its form.
Will Luers is a digital media artist and writer, and a visiting professor in the The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University, Vancouver. At the CMDC, he teaches multimedia authoring, remix culture and networked video. Will’s current research and artistic interest is in designing and publishing mobile apps. In general, his interests are in web-based and digital cinema, database documentaries and locative storytelling.