Glitch Nation

A Recreation of Social Memory

With images from the public record—such as appear in government and news media archives, history textbooks and vacation snapshots—as its source material, Glitch Nation uses glitch as a metaphor for the processes by which we record, forget, mythologize, discard, recast, contradict and reconstruct our collective experiences in order to make some kind of sense of the world. Most of the images are involved with my own experiences coming of age in the United States. Some are from the one other culture that has profoundly informed my experience, that of Spain. Others, such as the series of drone and airplane images, involve immediate and conflicted social memory as it is being formed. Glitch evokes the loss inherent in all attempts to connect to the past, a loss inherent in time itself, a loss that we may consider natural, like the failing of the light as objects recede, but one that we also perpetrate out of our inability fully to confront both the horrific and the banal.

A large selection of my glitch images can be found here, in my Flickr account.

These images are available as archival prints at Ignotus Editions.


Cara de Mujer 001: From No Pasaran, a publication of the Belgian Socialist Party, 1937
Hiroshima Cloud 007: Atomic Cloud over Hiroshima by Enola Gay Tail Gunner S/Sgt. George R. (Bob) Caron
Snapper: Anatomical figure from NIH collection of Historical Anatomies; still frames from Atomic Bomb Blast Effects, 1959, in the Prelinger Archives; photograph of a wild rose by Paul Hertz;
Hazmat 001: Gathering Gas Samples, September 18, 2008, CTBTO
The Beautiful Morning, from an uncredited image found on the internet
Moon Landing: Buzz Aldrin removing the passive seismometer..., July 21, 1969, NASA Apollo Archive
The Kennedys Arrive in Dallas 006: Kennedys Arrive at Dallas, November 22, 1963, Cecil W. Stoughton, White House Press Office
The Kennedys Arrive in Dallas 010: Kennedys Arrive at Dallas, November 22, 1963, Cecil W. Stoughton, White House Press Office
The Oath: Lyndon B. Johnson taking the oath of office, November 22, 1963, Cecil W. Stoughton, White House Press Office
Official Visit 005: U.S. National Archives, Franco and Eisenhower 1959 Madrid; Lopez Portillo Carter Carmen Romano Rosalynn Carter, February 14, 1977; U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson visiting South Vietnam, October 26, 1966, White House photo by Yoichi Robert Okamoto
Operation Hue City 1967 Wounded 001: Operation Hue City 1967 Wounded, June 2, 1968, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
Operation Hue City 1967 Wounded 011: Operation Hue City 1967 Wounded, June 2, 1968, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
Situation Room: Obama and Biden await updates on bin Laden, May 1, 2011, official White House photo by Pete Souza
Drone Beach, photograph by Paul Hertz, uncredited image of drone found on the Internet
Working Dinner 013: Working dinner during G8 summit May 18, 2012, official White House photo by Pete Souza
The Last Shuttle Launch: Atlantis' Final Flight, NASA/Bill Ingalls, July 8, 2011
El Pueblo, Unido: From Tahrir Square by Maggie Osama, licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0.
Suspect Two: From U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Flamingos: From a photograph by Paul Hertz.
At the Dubois Diner, photograph by Paul Hertz