02 Feb


1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Symposium – Glitch and Photography

Glitch and Photography:
Hybrid bodies, remixed archives, posthuman nature.
This symposium introduces a new collaborative research project on photographic glitch between HDK-Valand and The Hasselblad Foundation. It brings together six scholars and art practitioners who in various ways scrutinize the machinic, networked image and/or create interruption, friction, play, illegibility – in order to highlight systemic flaws and help us see in new ways.
Since around 2005 a growing community of artists have been engaged with the potential of the glitch – with processes and aesthetics stemming from visual errors in digital technologies. In relation to photography the glitch not only proposes new ways of understanding the digital photographic image but also invites us to reconsider the meanings of analogue, material photography.
The glitch, as both method and metaphor function as a deliberate failure and disruption to systems of knowledge, classification, and power. Thus, activist and artistic approaches glitches point to normalized and naturalized flaws as well as structures and positions that do not sit comfortably in the societies we’ve created.
This symposium introduces a new collaborative research project on photographic glitch between HDK-Valand and The Hasselblad Foundation.The symposium brings together six scholars and art practitioners: Annet Dekker, Monica Alcazar-Duarte, Vendela Grundell, Mirabelle Jones, Majken Overgaard and
Magdalena Regina Tyzlik-Carver. At the symposium each participant will give a shorter presentation followed by a discussion with other participants.
The symposium is organized and convened by Nina Mangalanayagam, lecturer in photography at HDK-Valand, and Louise Wolthers, researcher and curator at the Hasselblad Foundation.
(Illustration: Mirabelle Jones)
The symposium is held online via Zoom.
Link to online symposium:

13.00: Introduction
Nina Mangalanayagam, HDK-Valand, and Louise Wolthers, Hasselblad Foundation
13.10: Session 1:
Annet Dekker:
The politics of glitch in photography
Monica Alcazar-Duarte:
<< code { erasure } >>
14.25: Session 2
Magdalena Regina:
Tyzlik-Carver crrptng data and finding room for error
Mirabelle Jones:
Can the Glitch Be Ethical? Exploring Ethics Through Participatory Artwork.
15.40: Session 3
Vendela Grundell:
Tactical Time: Glitches between Interfaces and Infrastructures
Majken Overgaard:
Connectedness through the glitch
16.40: Concluding remarks
17.00: End
About the speakers:
Mexican-British multi-disciplinary visual artist whose work acknowledges her indigenous heritage while exploring current ideals of progress. In her projects she seamlessly mixes images and new technologies, such as Augmented Reality, to create multi-layered work.
Assistant Professor Media Studies: Archival and Information Studies at the University of Amsterdam and Visiting Professor and co-director of the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image at London South Bank University. Her recent monograph Collecting and Conserving Net Art(Routledge 2018) is a seminal work in the field of new media conservation.
Art historian and lecturer focusing on how photography shapes seeing and being in a digital world. This has informed her PhD on how glitch art disrupts digital interfaces (2012-2016) and her postdoc on photographers with visual impairments (2018-2020) and her study on how metadata governs cultural heritage images (2020).
Non-binary creative technologist, educator, researcher, and transdisciplinary artist. They are a PhD candidate at The University of Copenhagen in the Department of Computer Science within the Human-Centered Computing section exploring ethics and AI through creative critical technical practice.
Program director at Catch – Center for art and technology, Majken Overgaard is an experienced teacher with a focus on creating an inclusive learning environment. As an educational activist she has initiated numerous activities for women and other underrepresented groups in art and technology.
Associate Professor of Digital Communication and Culture at the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University (DK). She is also an independent curator. She is co-editor of Executing Practices (2018) a collection of essays by artists, programmers, theorists engaging in critical intervention into the broad concept of execution in software.