Video/Sound/Art and Technology

BFA 2003


Jon Satrom undermines interfaces, problematizes presets, and bends data. He spends his days fixing things and making things work. He spends his evenings breaking things and searching for the unique blips inherent to the systems he explores and exploits.

By over-clocking everyday digital tools, Satrom kludges abandonware, funware, necroware, and artware into extended glitchy systems for performance, execution, and collaboration.

His time-based works have been enjoyed on screens of all sizes; his Prepared Desktop has been performed in many localizations. Satrom performs, develops, and organizes with I ♥ PRESETS, poxparty, and GLI.TC/H; in addition to executing other initiatives with talented dirty new-media comrades.

Experience at SAIC

SAIC is a hub for imaginative thinkers and practitioners. It’s a cloud of [theory/practice] that engulfs those willing to be swallowed. At times, it can be a menacing myst of contemplation; at others, it can provide lightning-shocks of inspiration and clarity. The interdisciplinary model allows one to thread experimental pathways through and around ideas and techniques. The synaptic connections bridged and fostered at SAIC continue to tickle my brain.

Personal Statement

For me, making art is as much creative problem creating as it is creative problem solving. I’m interested in the moments that yank us out of a particular context. Those moments spark awareness; or, at least, provoke us to consider systems at play. A hiccup, a stock-market crash, or a glitch marks a threshold—sometimes jarring, sometimes volatile, sometimes transcendental. 


Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.