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Rosa Menkman

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Rosa Menkman
Rosa Menkman, December 2016
Maria-Rosa Menkman

(1983-04-03) 3 April 1983 (age 41)
Alma materUniversity of Amsterdam
Known forMedia art, New Media Art
Notable workThe Collapse of PAL (2011)
MovementGlitch art
Example of glitch art by Menkman
GLI.TC/H festival in 2010
Visuals for a Nils Frahm concert, April 2012

Rosa Menkman (born 1983) is a Dutch art theorist, curator, and visual artist specialising in glitch art and resolution theory. She investigates video compression, feedback, and glitches, using her exploration to generate art works.

Menkman's The Collapse of PAL (2011), in which she acknowledges the end of PAL (Phase Alternating Line)—an analogue video programming structure[1]—is the digital version of a live audio visual performance first performed on national Danish television and afterward realized at oa. Transmediale (Germany) and Nova festival (Brasil).[2]

Menkman has curated several international exhibitions of other artists' work.[3] In 2019 Menkman won the Collide International Barcelona Award from CERN.[4]

From 2018 - 2020 Menkman was substitute Professor Neue Medien & Visuelle Kommunikation at the Kunsthochschule Kassel. In 2023 Menkman will run a resolution research lab at HEAD Geneve.

Glitch art[edit]

In 2011, Menkman published Network Notebook #04: The Glitch Moment(um). This book uses information theory to propose an understanding of "glitch art" as a particular genre of contemporary art. She argues that the glitch shifts between being an artifact and a process.[5]

She also wrote A Vernacular of File Formats[6] and the Glitch Studies Manifesto[7] in the same year. The manifesto was awarded 'best practice' by Virtueel Platform, then sector institute for e-culture in the Netherlands.[8]

The publication of Network Notebook #04: The Glitch Moment(um) coincided with the GLI.TC/H festival, organized by Menkman in collaboration with American artists Nick Briz and Jon Satrom. The first GLI.TC/H festival in 2010 (Chicago) was followed by a second and third edition in 2011 (Chicago, Amsterdam, Birmingham) and 2012 (Chicago).[9] Her work makes use of compression artifacts,[10] resulting from discrete cosine transform blocks (DCT blocks), which are used in most digital media data compression formats, such as JPEG digital images and MP3 digital audio.[11]

In 2015, Menkman opened the institutions of Resolution Disputes at Transfer Gallery in New York City (in reference to dispute resolution and display resolution).[12] In October 2015, one of the works in the show, called DCT (referencing discrete cosine transform), was awarded first prize at the Crypto Design Challenge hosted by Museum Of The Image (MOTI) in Breda, the Netherlands.[13]

Her Vernacular of File Formats piece has attained "cult status".[14] It was translated to Polish (together with Glitch Studies Manifesto), commented and republished in Glitch Art is Dead in 2016.[15] In 2016 it was acquired by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and MOTI.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rosa Menkman - 2 Artworks, Bio & Shows on Artsy". www.artsy.net. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
  2. ^ "Rosa Menkman | The Collapse of PAL (2011) | Artsy". www.artsy.net. Retrieved 2016-03-17.
  3. ^ Menkman, Rosa and Furtherfield (2013). "Glitch Moment/ums, Furtherfield, 8 June - 28 July 2013". Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  4. ^ Arts at CERN (2019). "Dutch artist Rosa Menkman wins Collide International Barcelona Award, 18 July 2019". Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Institute of Network Cultures | No. 04: The Glitch Moment(um), Rosa Menkman". networkcultures.org. Retrieved 2016-03-17. http://networkcultures.org/_uploads/NN%234_RosaMenkman.pdf
  6. ^ Menkman, Rosa (8 August 2010). "A Vernacular of File Formats". Slideshare. Rosa Menkman. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  7. ^ Menkman, Rosa (2011). "Glitch Studies Manifesto". Video Vortex Reader II: moving images beyond YouTube. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures. pp. 336–347. ISBN 9789078146124.
  8. ^ Hamers, Eveleen. "Best Practice / Glitch Studies Manifesto". Virtueel Platform. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  9. ^ "GLI.TC/H festival". Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  10. ^ Menkman, Rosa (October 2011). The Glitch Moment(um) (PDF). Institute of Network Cultures. ISBN 978-90-816021-6-7. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  11. ^ Alikhani, Darya (April 1, 2015). "Beyond resolution: Rosa Menkman's glitch art". POSTmatter. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Award ceremony Crypto Design Challenge". Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  13. ^ "Having Cryptic Conversations About Encrypted Graphics at Rosa Menkman's New Show | The Creators Project". The Creators Project. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
  14. ^ Pieńkosz, Aleksandra; Płucienniczak, Piotr Puldzian (2016). Glitch art is dead. Kraków: Rozdzielczość Chleba. ISBN 978-83-933358-7-9.
  15. ^ "The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and MOTI in Breda are jointly acquiring 17 top items by contemporary digital artists". 19 December 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2019.

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