The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Someone who looks at the Tower of Pisa for the first time can think that it was committed an error. A tower must be straight, otherwise it’s not a tower. But although its slope the Tower of Pisa is one of the most famous building in the world, and maybe if it hadn’t been “leaning”, it wouldn’t have gotten a success like that.

When imperfection comes out from software malfunctions

“A glitch is a mess that is a moment, a possibility to glance at software’s inner structure, wheter it is a mechanism of data compression or HTML code. Altough a glitch does not revel the true functionality of the computer, it shows the ghostly conventionality of the forms by which digital spaces are organized.”
Olga Goriunova and Alexei Shulgin, Glitch, in Matthew Fuller (edited by), Software Studies: A Lexicon, Cambridge, MA: Mit Press, 2008, p. 114.

The following are clear examples of what the aesthetics of glitch can be:

Glitch: Designing Imperfection

“Systems Fail. Errors Happen, Computers don’t know whats going on. We see interesting and unusual visuals artefacts and glitches, We capture them!
At other times we provoke them!
This book presents a really colorful and vibrant variety of unusual visual glitch artwork from some very talented people.
This book was 4 years in the making, and received over 900 contributions! The book is a must have for anyone with an interest in Glitch Art & Aesthetics. With interviews and introductions for those who want to learn more.”