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Disrupting Disruption

Aaron Juarez

Noise has long been perceived as a force of disruption, dissonance, and rebellion, standing to resist established norms. However, this research takes an alternative stance, contemplating a nuanced perception of noise to transcend its conventional characterization. Challenging individuals to reconsider the teleological tendencies often associated with noise, this study seeks to provoke understanding of its presence in artistic practice and its impact on reception. Drawing upon the concepts of glitch, remix, and serendipity, I examine how noise molds our reception of art and the natural world. In this context, the glitch is heralded as a powerful noise artifact that can develop artistic narratives and challenge the status quo, but I urge that glitch
be seen not merely as a means of resistance but as a catalyst for unparalleled creativity, capable of producing unexpected outcomes and refreshed perspectives. Furthermore, the remix is reframed to encompass the transformative potential of noise. Incorporating noise into established structures, remix culture enters an alternative sense of novelty, pushing boundaries and inviting a myriad of interpretations. I address the discovery of the Cosmic Microwave Background and highlight the problematic distinction between noise and signal. Since such
encounters are categorized based on our relative knowledge and prevailing thought, we reach a revelation to reevaluate our assumptions about the significance of noise. Thus, I encourage the embrace of ambiguity and the relinquishing of rigid categorizations. Beyond normative resistance, I challenge artists and scholars alike to liberate noise from the confines of opposition, freeing its potential as a mode of slippery agency. Thus, noise becomes a conduit for exploration, inclusivity, and the amplification of marginalized voices. Acknowledging its transformative potential, noise transcends mere disruption and becomes a medium for exploration and evolution, pushing our philosophical and artistic perspectives.

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