London-based conspirators Kyoung Kim and Daniel Rourke are on a mission to kludge and con the world into partaking in an internet-based, 24-hour karaoke marathon. We spoke to them to find out more about what that means, exactly.
GLTI.CH: Collaborative technological error wallowing.
What exactly is GLTI.CH and what is it trying to do?
GLTI.CH is about kludging. A kludge is a make-do solution to an immediate technical problem, like stopping a table from wobbling by folding a napkin and shoving it under one leg. It’s not a hack or some fancy programming. It’s looking at technology as a building block, not an end product. We’re wannabe hackers, but we’re amateur programmers at best. It approaches technology like Lego blocks and GLTI.CH Karaoke is the mishmashed world we make through play. We want to kludge people together, breach hopeless distances with cultural and technical make-dos.
Karaoke has a liberating potential. Before it was about achieving the right notes or knowing the words by heart, but karaoke is about togetherness first and foremost. A pop song can become an emotional centre of gravity for the people in the room, even for a generation. So GLTI.CH is aiming to hijack that, to turn a “make-do” into a cherished moment.
And GLTI.CH is also FUN. Especially when there’s beer. Lots of beer.