Every day an incomprehensible number of new digital media files are uploaded to hosting sites across the internet. Far too many for any one person to consume. “Infinite Glitch” is a stream-of-conciousness representation of this overwhelming flood of media, its fractured and degraded sounds and images reflecting how little we as an audience are able to retain from this daily barrage. “Infinite Glitch” is an automated system that generates an ever-changing audio/video stream from the constantly increasing mass of media files freely available on the web. Source audio and video files are ripped from a variety of popular media hosting sites, torn apart, and recombined using collage and glitch techniques to create an organic, chaotic flood of sensory input.
Ben Baker-Smith is a Chicago-based visual artist currently interested in generative systems and the unique qualities of different media formats. Ben works with a range of old and new technologies to create prints, tapes, digital videos, live performances, and on/offline installations.