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Michael Betancourt has screened internationally in the Black Maria Film Festival, Contemporary Art Ruhr, Festival des Cinemas Differents de Paris, Millennium Film Workshop, and Experiments in Cinema among others. He wrote The ____________ Manifesto, has published in The Atlantic, Millennium Film Journal, Leonardo, and CTheory; his writing has been translated into Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Portuguese, and Spanish, published in than twenty-one books, including The Critique of Digital Capitalism, The History of Motion Graphics, Glitch Art in Theory and Practce, and Beyond Spatial Montage: Windowing.

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Digital Graffiti 2022 - Best of Show - Alys Beach, FL

story © Michael Betancourt | published May 13, 2022 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


I am honored to have my work chosen as Best of Show at Digital Graffiti 2022. This was a great show with so much wonderful work, I am really happy to have been a part of it!

The show was in Alys Beach, FL from May 13 to May 14.

DG2022 was curated by John Colette and included work by Adriana Moya, Alex Campbell, Andy McKeown, August Bach, Bettina Mller, Border Williams, Carlos Vargas, Chandler Williams, Chris Cameron and Christina Georgieva, David Bennett, Eddie Lohmeyer, Eric Homan, Fumie Matters, Irene Mamiye, Isabel Clavo, Jeremy Newman, Jonah Allen, Kate Balsley, Katie Rolph and lo Ermoli, Katina Bitsicas, Keaton Fox and Renee Silva, Linda Loh, Luke Hildreth, Maria Fernandez, Michael Burton, and Michael Betancourt. Along with pieces by the Artists in Residence: mammasONica Peter Clark and Cody Samson Shmody.

Typoetry folio/book from nOIR:Z

story © Michael Betancourt | published March 5, 2022 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


A limited edition filio/book of my typoems, Thoughts Without Words is now available from the Candaian publisher nOIR:Z.

Glitch Movies by Michael Betancourt on Blu-Ray

story © Michael Betancourt | published January 13, 2022 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


Michael Betancourt is a Glitch Art pioneer who began manipulating digital errors in 1990. This US$20.00 collection surveys his HD movies.

These movies have shown in film festivals, art fairs, and galleries internationally, influencing the use of glitches in popular culture (such as in the title sequence to Amazon's sci-fi program The Expanse).

You can get the collection here:

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E-Book Versions for Online Classes

story © Michael Betancourt | published December 31, 2021 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


One of the problems with teaching during the pandemic is the accessibility of textbooks. Here are links to ebook versions of some of my books for anyone who needs them:

The History of Motion Graphics

A Short Guide to Writing About Motion Graphics

Force Magnifier: The Cultural Impacts of Artificial Intelligence

Glitch Art in Theory and Practice: Critical Failures and Post-Digital Aesthetics

Semiotics and Title Sequences: Text-Image Composites in Motion Graphics

Title Sequences as Paratexts: Narrative Anticipation and Recapitulation

Synchronization and Title Sequences: Audio-Visual Semiosis in Motion Graphics

Typography and Motion Graphics: The 'Reading-Image'

Ideologies of the Real in Title Sequences, Motion Graphics and Cinema

Beyond Spatial Montage: Windowing, or the Cinematic Displacement of Time, Motion, and Space

The Critique of Digital Capitalism

Research Art - now available

story © Michael Betancourt | published September 17, 2021 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


My new book Research Art: glitches, poetics, typography and the aura of the digital is now available from! Full color illos, and only $24.95!

This book discusses linking theory and practice in a larger context of conceptual and theoretical concerns that are neither a statement of intentions, nor merely a subjective series of claims about past accomplishments. With 21 illustrations in full color, this book discusses his digital glitch movies, typoetry, abstract photography, and the Instaglitch series as direct examples of the connections between theory and practice, illuminating his proposal for "Research Art" as a domain equal to the "Business Art" familiar from exhibitions in the gallery-fair-museum network. Polemical and often challenging, it explores the role of expectations in making and interpreting art from the vantage point of the studio, rather than as a critic or historian, arguing that "Research Art" is the evolution of the critical position developed by Conceptual Art and Situationalism as the avant-garde program in art came to an end, an adaptation to the changed Contemporary reality of AI, globalization, and digital technology, an oppositional art made in the shadows of digital capitalism.