Ted Davis, GLITCH.ext, 2021

HeK Net Works – Ted Davis, GLITCH.ext

Every month, HeK shows a net-based project created especially for our digital series HeK Net Works. The series began during the lockdown period at a weekly pace, and now goes on with a monthly contribution. This month we would like to introduce you to Ted Davis.

event/HeK Net Works

09.03.2021 13.04.2021

Venue: hek.ch

Ted Davis

Ted Davis is a media artist, designer and educator originally from the United States and based in Basel, Switzerland. Since 2010 he teaches interaction design within the Visual Communication Institute, The Basel School of Design HGK FHNW. His work and teachings explore the volatility of digital media through glitch and reactivating older ‘new media’ through newer programming means. His open-source projects (basil.js, XYscope, P5LIVE) enable designers to program within Adobe InDesign, render vector graphics on vector displays, and collaboratively create live coded visuals.

Davis' GLITCH.ext enables visitors to glitch HeK's virtual façade, the website hek.ch. Images, texts, and every HTML element forming the website's structure can be glitched by the visitor with the click of a mouse. If one continues to move the mouse over the chosen element, it is possible to influence the outcome of the glitch. Building on the artist's recent p5.glitch (2020) - a byte-level glitching library within p5.js - a companion browser extension for Chrome also allows users to keep glitching the rest of the web.

GLITCH.ext is visible from 09.03.2021 to 13.04.2021 on our website hek.ch. 

The Chrome extension GLITCH.ext can be installed from the Web Store or manually from GitHub.

Statement by Ted Davis:

"As culture transitioned from physical to virtual during the past Covid-19 year, GLITCH.ext pays homage to glitch in both the analogue and digital domain: Firstly, to HeK's own glitch façade, H3333333K (2015) by !Mediengruppe Bitnik, an architecturally implemented JPEG-glitch. Secondly, glitching websites incites Glitch Browser (2005) by Dimitre Lima (DMTR), Ant Scott (BEFLIX) and Iman Moradi, which JPEG-glitched all images of a given website via proxy server. During my master studies here in Basel (2007-2009), resulting in a thesis focused on glitching the JPEG file format, Precise Mishandling of the Digital Image Structure, virtual exchange with the artists behind Glitch Browser and local video-sniffing workshops by !Mediengruppe Bitnik helped shape my developing practice. They joined a growing exposure to notions of revealing the invisible, exploiting digital media below the surface, and networked art. Starting with TEXT2IMAGE + HEADer_REMIX (2009), throughout the past 10+ years, glitch continues to find its way into my work, with its endless stream of surprising images and unique artefacts to discover."

In the workshop "Glitches with creative coding" on Sat 27.03.21 Ted Davis opens a look behind the scenes of his work GLITCH.ext and shows how real-time glitching works within the web browser.

HeK Net Works – Ted Davis, GLITCH.ext