As a computer scientists working on image processing algorithms I know about the frustrating process of hunting bugs on massively-parallel architectures like GPUs. Sometimes those bugs can produce completely incorrect images or sequences of images but with a certain aesthetic appeal.
The art world, with its superior ability to name things (compared to computer science), calls these accidents "Glitch Art".
I have long maintained a directory on my computer called glitch - a place where I capture the moments when my frantic and frustrated debugging yields not the result that I am after but something else, something surprising or pleasant or something that represents my state of mind: confused chaos. Here are a few of my favorite captures from that directory:
I love how these glitch captures give a glimpse into what is going on behind the scenes of an image processing algorithm. If it works flawlessly one does not question all the various steps that make a final image but when things go wrong one can peek behind the curtain and start to get an idea of complexity of what computers do these days.
Note that they do not always have to be accidents, oftentimes Glitch Art is created intentionally. ↩︎