A new iPhone app by the company behind Russian youth magazine Look at Me uses computer errors and bugs to distort photos and create digital works of art. Glitché offers users several filters such as glitch, which aestheticises digital errors by corrupting data; slitscan, which gives photos a psychedelic feel, and datamosh, a technique that compresses two videos together so that the pixels “bleed” into one another. Photos can then be shared to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.
The free app was designed by Vladimir Shreyder, art director at Look at Media, a Moscow-based Russian interactive agency, which producers a number of digital youth magazines. It was developed by Boris Golonev and Ivan Shornikov. “Computer errors have always inspired me,” Shreyder told The Calvert Journal. “They’re so random and beautiful. They’re far more interesting than boring filters on other popular iPhone apps. I just wanted to inspire people to experiment with something new.”