Deconstruction for Glitch as Failure

by León De la Rosa Carrillo

  • Glitch as Failure
  • This error message was the result of a google search conducted on 11.16.2011

    414 error

  • In a sense, the error message is a predetermined response to a glitch in the Google process.
  • The message was then glitched by randomly (and increasingly) inserting the phrase [GLITCH_AS_FAILURE] into its alphanumeric values:

    Click to download a PDF with the intervened alphanumeric values.

    Click to download a PDF with the intervened alphanumeric values.

    Click to download a PDF with the intervened alphanumeric values.

    Click to download a PDF with the intervened alphanumeric values.

    Click to download a PDF with the intervened alphanumeric values.

    Click to download a PDF with the intervened alphanumeric values.

    Click to download a PDF with the intervened alphanumeric values.

    Click to download a PDF with the intervened alphanumeric values.

  • An animated GIF was created to serve as the centerpiece:

    Centerpiece for the Glitch as Failure portrait

  • A  PDF file containing the intervened alphanumeric values of the images above was then converted into image files.
  • The alphanumeric values for these images were themselves intervened by substituting specific characters with the word [Failure]:
  • The resulting images were then mixed in with the original files in order to create an animated GIF that served as the background:

    Background for the Glitch as Failure portrait

Suggested follow up questions:

  • What does a searching failure due to having enter a search term “too long to process” suggest about the process by which Google conducts searches?
  • What notions and reflections are conjured up by the image of a cartoon robot attempting to fix itself?
  • Have you tried searching on Google for the term [failure]?
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