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Photo Series Explores The Glitch As Body Modification

All of the glory, none of the goo.

From our hotels to our art shows, the glitch has invaded with the zeal of a pissed-off warlord. And it’s not done. Thanks to the inspired work of photographer Melissa Castro and director/photographer Andrew Gant, the glitch can also offer a look into our future selves, when we might be more inclined to treat data much the way we do tattoo ink now.

Through their companion project DATANATURAL, Castro and Gant wield the envelope-pushing power of the Kinect to create the desired effect of body parts crawling with glitched-out stylization. The duo’s aim, as they state, was “to create a series where technology and humanity intersect seamlessly.”


Gant certainly led the charge for the photo series having become obsessed with the capabilities of the RGBDToolkit, a hardware/software cocktail reimagining the future of filmmaking. He most recently explored the tech for his short film “Miles.”

Still from “Miles"

Castro--who wowed us with her phracktography series--imparted her expertise to DATANATURAL as Gant was in search of a way to extend his work into the high-resolution world of photography. Together, they used the Kinect to scan each model before tweaking the data and then overlaying the manipulation over the photos.

As a result, voilà: the-glitch-as-body-mod is here.