Dirty New Media preview: Lectures

Dirty New Media will be making its way to The Barber Institute of Fine Arts on 21st March as part of the University of Birmingham’s Arts and Science Festival. Over the week I’ll be providing an overview of the upcoming event.

Lectures | 4-6pm

Jon Cates – WTF?! is D1RTY N3W M3DI∆?!


Dan O’Hara – An Irregular and Spasmodic History of Glitches and other Systemic Stutterings

danoharaGlitches interrupt the smooth realism of our mediated experience of the everyday world, from malfunctioning train announcement boards to distorted video streams and white noise in our phone calls. But is it only machines that glitch, or does ‘glitching’ exist in nature too?

We’ll look at the way Glitch art occupies a peculiar space inbetween the crafted and the unintentional, opening up a new view of ‘natural’ anomalies, as well as an aesthetic of the artificial. We’ll also take an historical tour of artists working with broken systems, artefacts, and technologies from across the world – from dirty new media in Europe and Asia to Gambiarra traditions in the Americas – to ask, what (if anything) does malfunction mean when we copy or reproduce it?


Dirty New Media // REVOLUTION 02


An engaging day of performances and interactive installations from digital artists, hacktivists and new media explorers from the West Midlands, Chicago and beyond. Artworks take the form of hacked and customised hardware, accessories, demos, lectures, data-mangling, projection and more!

This eclectic, expectation bending event is presented by Vivid Projects in association with artist/curator Antonio Roberts and The Barber institute of Fine Arts.

Free admission, no booking required. Dirty New Media. For further information and times, please contact 0121 414 2261 or email education@barber.org.uk. Facebook event link.