Mods, Glitching, Softbending
- electronic art specifically about the code.
For example, see the show CODE at the Whitney artport site.
- art that uses or deconstructs the structure, rhetoric, or appearance of 'normal' software.
- mods: modifications to existing software, particularly games
Glitching, or SoftBending
- Remember, everything is data
- you can open any kind of file in Photoshop (use RAW format). text, programs, sound, video, anything.
- of course, some things are more flexible than others.
- glitching is interesting to think about in terms of Claude Shannon's Theory of Information, which is specifically about signal/noise ratios in electronic communication systems, but has been heavily influential beyond just the realm of engineering.
Modding Mac Applications
The easiest way to modify a Mac application is just to edit the resources. Back in the Mac Classic era, this was done with the beautiful little tool ResEdit, and now can be done with the Interface Builder that comes free with Xcode on the OSX install DVD. This lets you change menus, windows, dialogs, text, icons; though not the actual behavior of the program.