i’ve made work in the past that could be categorized as “glitch porn” and i still believe it’s possible to create good work combining glitchy/dirty processes with porn and erotic media. but because pornography is such a politically complicated issue, that makes it particularly difficult to work with successfully.
as you say, most artists who make glitch porn or similar work seem to be male. furthermore, most of their work appears to be created from appropriated porn — i have seen few examples of erotic glitch selfies, let alone hardcore glitch porn from scratch.
so the obvious questions that arise are: why are these men making glitch porn? what are they trying to say with their work? why do they choose to appropriate the specific images/media they’re appropriating? where did that porn come from, who were the performers, and were they treated well?
artists who don’t consider these questions run the risk of inadvertently creating work that is cheap, offensive, exploitative, or all of the above, and they may not even realize that other people are reading their work in this way.
personally, the work that i find most interesting is the work that takes something sexual and warps it into something alien and decidedly nonsexual. i’m less interested in work that is intended to be sexy or erotic — not because i don’t think it’s possible to create good work that is both “sexy” and “glitchy”, but because a lot of of it seems to be coming from dudes who haven’t given any more thought to their work other than “that makes me horny, so i’ll glitch it.”
i don’t have any such hangups about artists incorporating their own sexuality into their glitch work (or, for that matter, porn producers incorporating glitchiness into their porn!), but like i said, at this time, that seems fairly rare. maybe in a few years there will be an actual professional glitch porn company, and if there is, i’ll be happy to support them as long as they treat their performers well. i would definitely not support a terry richardson-style glitchpornographer who exploited his models.
PS i was in a panel discussion about this at GLI.TC/H 2112 but i don’t know if it was documented, and offhand i can’t think of any writings on the subject i could link to.
i think at least in my particular social context there is a lot of casual use of and references to porn in a lot of media, and i don’t think that most males who are so comfortable with appropriating porn images in their glitch art came to be so secure in using the images for their art after fully considering the questions you posed—it’s naive for us to assume the same demographic that runs an exploitative and indulgent industry would treat the same subjects differently in a different medium. people who feel comfortable bending a video of a woman sucking someones dick and posting it to their tumblr without commentary are either very secure in their subversive dirty process/dirty media message being communicated, or they watch porn often and feel validated when someone likes that they managed to combine two interests. and i don’t think the community at large who consume glitch art have these discussions, or else there would be a more cautious or thoughtful approach to porn in glitch art. so we’re not really at a place where we can give the artist the benefit of the doubt and say they knew what they were doing when they made that artistic choice, and we have to be very critical of every instance of it or else we maintain an environment that is consciously comfortable with violence against women.
i like your point you made that many glitch artists don’t incorporate their own sexualities into their art. i think it was you, or another artist that did a series of photos of glitched images projected on your body— i remember it being unusual and actually a little discomforting, probably because it was completely unlike most glitch art incorporating eroticism, which tends to go with traditional images more fitting for the male gaze. it wasn’t what i was used to seeing. and that’s what subversive edgy art should be accomplishing. ‘it makes me horny so i’ll glitch it’ is not subversive or edgy and only serves to make the people comfortable with the status quo more comfortable.