Jordan Bortner is a new media artist and musician living in Bushwick. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Texas, having studied music compostion. In 2013, he moved from Denton, Texas to New York City. Beyond creating music, he frequently performs as a visual projectionist at live shows, and creates digital artwork and videos. He maintains projects under other aliases as well, separating his body of work into genres.
What are five hashtags that describe your work?
#glitchart #analog #lofi #dada #vaporwave
What is your artist origin story?
As a child, I enjoyed making home movies and playing video games. I’ve also always had an interest in the surreal, and video game glitches were an example of that. As I got older, I became interested in coding and music composition. One of my influential moments was when I had an old camera phone in college. When transferring the pictures from my phone to my computer, the images would occasionally become corrupted, but I would still keep them. Eventually, I heard that there was such a genre as “glitch art”, and I knew that was where I wanted to be.
What is your favorite medium right now and why do you love it?
I love lo-fi music and video because it’s cheap and easy to make, and its charm is that it undermines the sleek, polished appearance of “fine art” produced primarily by people with a lot of money.
What is on the horizon for your work in the next year?
I would like to start producing a public-access television program and explore the relationship between experimental film and broadcast media.
How has being in Bushwick influenced your work?
Living in Bushwick has made me appreciate smaller communities, family-run bodegas, and grungy industrial sites. It has inspired me to break my own rules in how I approach art and life, which has allowed me to operate more freely in my approach to making art.
What Bushwick artists do you admire and why?
I have a number of artistic friends in Bushwick, and anyone who has created work with me, followed my work online, booked me for a show, or worked lousy day jobs with me is someone I admire.
Tell us your most memorable exchange during Bushwick Open Studios.
I remember checking out Be Electric Studios gallery showing with friends. We saw a lot of great art, and got pizza afterwards.
If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead, who would it be and why?
Nam June Paik, because of his hugely inspirational video work. We would also get Korean food, because that’s my favorite.
In a parallel universe, if you weren’t doing what you are doing, what would you be doing?
I would be a scientist, probably an astrophysicist or chemist.
You can learn more about Jordan Bortner here.