I'm looking for a word that means something like "an intentional error".

This is primarily in the context of lo-fi printing processes that incorporate "mistakes" or "messiness" as part of the process. An example would be the color misalignments in risograph printing. I'd also include things that look like technical errors, but aren't.

Any thoughts?

@helveticablanc the closest I can think of, but I don't know if it's quite what you're looking for, is wabi-sabi

@helveticablanc, though could also be “marks of the medium” (e.g. things that come from the materials or process).

@helveticablanc, Brian Eno has also talked about these flaws and how, intentional or not, they come to be cherished (in music):

"Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit - all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided..."

@helveticablanc, "...It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it..."

@helveticablanc, "... The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them."

@lucasrizoli Exactly! I'm working in increasingly lo-fi mediums, and it's good to see that embrace of flaws put so well!

@helveticablanc, I'm interested in that particularly from my experience working with computer graphics; adding grime and imperfection and etc. are so much more difficult and important to making a rendered scene or place feel more real, authentic, relatable.

@helveticablanc "Imperfection" conveys the same meaning to me, especially with printing, even if it literally means the same thing as a flaw.

It is a loaded word, because it sort of challenges the notion that something should be perfect.

@helveticablanc Toolmarks? They're sometimes used as a proof of authenticity, sometimes just accepted as a part of the process or medium.


"there is no try, there is only do"

you could sign each print

maybe a note that says, "yes, i like it this way"

"intentional imperfections included"

(that's it from me. good luck)

@helveticablanc I'm surprised no one has mentioned Bob Ross and "happy accidents" yet

@jaxter184 I had that on my shortlist of ideas when I was originally mulling it over. It's so good!

@helveticablanc - An artist often work on bringing stuff from the unconscious to the conscious side of the mind and then on to the audience.

Some people say that the duty of an artist is to reconnect society with the unconscious which then connects us to the rest of the universe.

Artists are usually very skilled at what they do, and the skill is part of the conscious domain.

It takes the focus of the skill to reveal the unconscious material that quite often is ... "an intentional error".

@helveticablanc - It is a bit like examining objects in a microscope with dark field illumination.

@helveticablanc - ...or the painting of ensō in Zen Buddhism.

The idea isn't to perfect the painting of a circle, but to reach a state of mind with unobstructed creativity.

@helveticablanc I'm tempted to say "artifact of the process" but that's not really concise

@helveticablanc a sin :p to take a christian approach to that word 😅

@helveticablanc traditional Persian rug weavers would make intentional mistakes just to prove “no human is as perfect as God.” I think about that a lot.

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