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Make Project "Hotel Glitch" A Reality With Your Disruptive Art

A participatory art project that challenges the campy fabric of hotel art.
December 6, 2013, 4:15pm

A sterilized room is often at the top of basic amenities a hotel guest expects while on stay. But that sterilization tends to translate to an establishment’s aesthetic which is why--unless you’re staying at a space or underwater hotel--hotel art tends to be so…pedestrian. Hotel art, then, needs some disruption. A glitch, if you will. Glitch wizard Benjamin Gaulon aka RECYCLISM has just the thing, but he needs your help. If you’ve never stayed at Hotel Glitch before, here’s your chance: 1) Find hotel art:

2) Scan it directly into your computer.
3) Corrupt the image using Benjamin’s image converter. Where you can turn this:

Into this:

4) Print the new glitch art and replace the old one, like so:

5) Take lots of pictures and then send them his way.

This isn’t the first time Gaulon has come up with ways to disrupt our sterilized waking life. As he states, he’s “been exploring urban and retailer hacking strategies for a long time.”


Through Corrupt.desktop, he created a glitch that could be applied to an Apple’s desktop and had followers send him videos of their exploits.

Corrupt.desktop [Apple Store Chicago] festival from recyclism.

And, he also had willing participants send in malfunctioning Kindles which he hacked into permanent digital displays of corrupted art.

It’s disruptive but, to him, it’s art as art should be: “I think it's important to be critical in life in general.” In his research and art he’s “interested in the limits and failures of information and communication technologies, in planned obsolescence, consumerism and disposable society,” and the concepts of “ownership and privacy,” among others. Needless to say, if you are too, help him make Hotel Glitch a reality.

Caption: All images are property of or were found on the website of Benjamin Gaulon. Except the lead image, which is owned by Martin Abegglen and is available for copy, redistribution, remix, and transformation. (Changes were made to the photo, as indicated here, the statement of which is required by the property’s owner).