An image pixel-sorting glitching app written in Processing by Paul Hertz:
GlitchSort2 is a Processing application that uses broken pixel-sorting to create glitchy images. Since it has found an audience among glitch artists, I’m setting up this page as a point from which to download a current version and reference materials, as these become available. I’ll also post news or links to news about GlitchSort2 here.
In version 1.0b4, released on August 1, 2012, there are four different sorting algorithms, each of which has a different behavior that can be used to affect images in different ways. Images larger than your screen can be panned by dragging with the mouse or fit to the screen dimensions for display. I’ve added a “munge” feature that does glitchy compositing, and a “degrade” command that uses JPEG compression to degrade an image.
There are links to the source code as well as executable versions for various operating systems which can be found here.
It should be noted that when I installed and run the application, it required a Processing library. Should you wish to try this app out, it is probably worth downloading and installing Processing, and installing this library in it’s folder (which it will ask for). When it is running, you will be given a prompt to open an image, and the options are in the drop-down menus (in ‘Glitch’). Have fun experimenting!
Artist creates works with distortion effect by painting on threaded canvas which is subsequently rethreaded. It is easy to see a connection to contemporary technological distortion aesthetics, but is actually inspired via a Buddhist background:
Hongzi’s works are the products of two repetitive tasks - piling up colored threads and breaking them up again …
… If so, what is the reason why the task needs to be emphasized? It is needed to consider that the career of Hongzi started from her Buddhist painting. Furthermore the effect of her career as such appears strongly as shown in her comparing her works to sand mandala or her introducing the themes of her works as the process of generation and extinction. If it is the case, it will be no problem to say the laboriously repetitive work for tying and untying threads is the transformed form of the laboriously repetitive work for producing Buddhist paintings. When considering such repetitive work is the process of practicing asceticism to empty the minds, there is no reason not to say Hongzi’s task is also an another form of asceticism. Hongzi’s task facing the fact there is no fixed form, tying and untying threads one by one, looks to be so faithful to the teachings of Buddhism.
You can discover more of the artist’s work at their website here