The Museum of Glitch Aesthetics (MOGA) is the latest work in Mark Amerika’s collaborative series of art projects that investigate emerging forms of practice-based research at the interface of networked and mobile media art, art history, museology, media hactivism and digital forms of identity.
MOGA tells the story of The Artist 2.0, an online persona whose personal mythology and body of digital artworks are rapidly being canonized into the annals of art history. The piece traces the life of the artist and his ongoing commitment to a practice of ‘glitch aesthetics’ that leads to the museum of the title. MOGA features over 25 intermedia artworks that are intentionally corrupted by technological processes initiated by the artist. By bringing a heightened state of attention to the process of information transmission, the project has received accolades for the way it investigates the way humans operationalize informational behaviors while constructing their online identities in social media culture.
The project includes many works of Internet art, digital video art, digitally manipulated still images, game design, stand-up comedy, sound art, and electronic literature. It also includes a museum catalog available both as a free e-book and print-on-demand limited editions. MOGA was a new commission by the Abandon Normal Devices in Manchester, UK, in conjunction with the London 2012 Olympics.