Exquisite Errors

commissioned by, and in collaboration with graphic designer Rob van Hoesel

Dutch video-artist Barry van der Rijt became fascinated by surprising glitches which can occur in digital movie playback. In a timespan of two years he collected, obsessively, hundreds of such erroneous images—so called codec errors.

The artist himself has recently been diagnosed with ADHD. He was confronted with the negativity that encompassed this a diagnosis—which was focused mostly on what he couldn’t do, rather than what he could be particularly good at.

Therefore we designed his publication as a reference to the DSM, the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders. This manual defines more than threehundred mental disorders. The big difference, however, is that all of Barry’s codec orders are labeled positively, rather than negatively, to emphasize the importance of putting our view of a “disorder” into a new perspective. He not only embraces the beauty of the “disorder” but also points out its importance.

The design refers to the semi-scientific nature of the project by keeping the layout very rigid and strict, giving the wildly peculiar erronous images enough space and tranquility to be fully appreciated.

Additionally, we had the printer mix the regular printing inks with their corresponding fluor ink, to be able to resemble the vivid screen colours as much as possible on paper.

Exquisite Errors is published by The Eriskay Connection.