marc garrett
Since the beginning
Works in London United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BIO
Net artist, media artist, curator, writer, street artist, activist, educationalist and musician. Emerging in the late 80's from the streets exploring creativity via agit-art tactics. Using unofficial, experimental platforms such as the streets, pirate radio such as the locally popular 'Savage Yet Tender' alternative broadcasting 1980's group, net broadcasts, BBS systems, performance, intervention, events, pamphlets, warehouses and gallery spaces. In the early nineties, was co-sysop (systems operator) for a while with Heath Bunting on Cybercafe BBS, dedicated to arts, technology and hacking.

Co-director and co-founder, with artist Ruth Catlow of the net arts collectives and communities- furtherfield.org, furthernoise.org, netbehaviour.org, also cofounder and co-curator/director of the gallery space called HTTP Gallery in London, UK. Currently involved in co-running, collaborating with many others on Node.London. Also co-curating various contemporary Media Arts exhibitions, nationally and Internationally such as Game/play a touring exhibiton.
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Searching for a Technological Agency within Art


Searching for a Technological Agency within Art

http://www.furtherfield.org/blog/luke-munn/searching-technological-agency-within-art

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Istanbul Drone Shadow by James Bridle, CC image by STML http://www.flickr.com/photos/stml/

By Luke Munn.

In the wake of the Arab spring and the financial crisis and in the midst of the massive abuse of privacy unveiled in the NSA/Prism revelations, agency would seem to be all the more urgent. While problematic as pure activism, art is inherently political, opening into the wider plane of aesthetics which define “a cartography of the visible, the intelligible and also of the possible.” Are there art practices which provide models for this moment, which engender critical agency within their viewing publics, encouraging a deeper engagement with technology?


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Video interview with Shu Lea Cheang & Mark Amerika


Video interview with Shu Lea Cheang & Mark Amerika

Disrupting data, the ‘new normal’ and gentrifying the internet.

Video by Jean Kay.

Working with the internet since the 90s, Shu Lea Cheang and Mark Amerika have seen the world wide web develop, shift and change into what it is today. As so-called ‘net natives’ Cheang and Amerika share many of the concerns of artists evolving with the WWW, from its emergence in the late-80s/early 90s, to the dot-com bubble, its burst, and now Web 2.0.

http://www.aqnb.com/2013/09/10/an-interview-with-shu-lea-cheang-mark-amerika/

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"A Symbol" Bill Miller at The Widget Art Gallery.


A Symbol" Bill Miller at The Widget Art Gallery.

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http://www.furtherfield.org/features/reviews/symbol-bill-miller-widget-art-gallery

Review by Rob Myers.

What can we learn from our encounter with an indeterminate symbol floating in the space of a gallery that exists only on Apple devices? Rob myers writes about Bill Miller's work featured at The Widget Art Gallery (WAG) serving art online since 2009. From July to August 2013 the work inhabited this virtual space as Bill Miller's "A Symbol".

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On Art and Disobedience; Or, What Is an Intervention?


On Art and Disobedience; Or, What Is an Intervention?

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http://www.furtherfield.org/features/art-and-disobedience-or-what-intervention

Luke Munn reviews a series of artworks that provide clues about the strategies of contestation and intervention available to contemporary artists. As Luke tells us, "Ripps, von Bismarck and Fornieles belong to an era of artists that may 'no longer dream of an outside', their work utilizing the logic of branding and media to stage interventions that appear more collaborative than combative, preemptively disarming attempts at appropriation".

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Commodify Us: Our Data Our Terms


Commodify Us: Our Data Our Terms.

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Article by Marc Garrett.
Includes interview with Walter Langelaar
http://www.furtherfield.org/features/reviews/commodify-us-our-data-our-terms

Richard Stallman, the outspoken promoter for the Free Software movement proposes that we should all leave Facebook and either find or build our own alternatives. Commodify.Us provides a platform for users to regain control over the commercial exploitation of their personal data. Marc Garret discusses the importance of such alternative hacktivist structures for social independence.

Commodify Inc. is an artist-run Internet startup producing projects to help individuals capitalize on their online monetary potential. Their intention is to correct the imbalance of power in markets where users have no control over the transactions made with their personal data. They have completed various artistic projects and interventions on social media like, Fame Game, Give Me My Data, and Web 2.0 Suicide Machine. The co-founders are Birgit Bachler, Walter Langelaar, Owen Mundy, Tim Schwartz, with additional contributors Joelle Dietrick and Steven Alvarado.

Their new project Commodify.Us, was initiated when Owen Mundy and Tim Schwartz were invited by moddr_ to a residency in their lab in the summer of 2012 - when they were still a part of the WORM collective in Rotterdam. They worked on an initial idea that would succeed previous experiences of their already well-known and respected projects.