marc garrett
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BIO
Marc Garrett is co-director and co-founder, with artist Ruth Catlow of the Internet arts collectives and communities – Furtherfield.org, Furthernoise.org, Netbehaviour.org, also co-founder and co-curator/director of the gallery space formerly known as 'HTTP Gallery' now called the Furtherfield Gallery in London (Finsbury Park), UK. Co-curating various contemporary Media Arts exhibitions, projects nationally and internationally. Co-editor of 'Artists Re:Thinking Games' with Ruth Catlow and Corrado Morgana 2010. Hosted Furtherfield's critically acclaimed weekly broadcast on UK's Resonance FM Radio, a series of hour long live interviews with people working at the edge of contemporary practices in art, technology & social change. Currently doing an Art history Phd at the University of London, Birkbeck College.

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) with Heath Bunting on Cybercafe BBS with Irational.org.

Our mission is to co-create extraordinary art that connects with contemporary audiences providing innovative, engaging and inclusive digital and physical spaces for appreciating and participating in practices in art, technology and social change. As well as finding alternative ways around already dominating hegemonies, thus claiming for ourselves and our peer networks a culturally aware and critical dialogue beyond traditional hierarchical behaviours. Influenced by situationist theory, fluxus, free and open source culture, and processes of self-education and peer learning, in an art, activist and community context.
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Review of Mainframe Experimentalism


Rob Myers reviews book 'Mainframe Experimentalism: Early Computing and the Foundations of the Digital Arts' by Hannah B Higgins and Douglas Kahn.

Remembering the heroic age of arts computing is often a family affair in Hannah B Higgins and Douglas Kahn's book Mainframe Experimentalism, which leads Rob Myers to ask just how much the rest of us can come to love this neglected but key moment in art digital history.

"Mainframe Experimentalism challenges the conventional wisdom that the digital arts arose out of Silicon Valley’s technological revolutions in the 1970s. In fact, in the 1960s, a diverse array of artists, musicians, poets, writers, and filmmakers around the world were engaging with mainframe and mini-computers to create innovative new artworks that contradict the stereotypes of "computer art." Juxtaposing the original works alongside scholarly contributions by well-established and emerging scholars from several disciplines, Mainframe Experimentalism demonstrates that the radical and experimental aesthetics and political and cultural engagements of early digital art stand as precursors for the mobility among technological platforms, artistic forms, and social sites that has become commonplace today." Hannah Higgins & Douglas Kahn.

http://www.furtherfield.org/features/reviews/mainframe-experimentalism

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Body Anxiety: Woman As Bearer Of The Look | Leah Schrager & Jennifer Chan


Body Anxiety: Woman As Bearer Of The Look | Leah Schrager & Jennifer Chan

Review by Laura González

In a psychoanalytic review of the online exhibition Body Anxiety, curated by Leah Schrager and Jennifer Chan, Laura González explores fear, symptom, sublimation and the pleasure of looking in relation to the body of the artists shown.

"Fear is easily attributable to a cause—we fear something in particular. Anxiety, however, can be described as fear without the source. Yet, anxiety is also a safety mechanism. Without it, we would walk in the face of danger. In the online exhibition Body Anxiety, curated by Leah Schrager and Jennifer Chan, the disquiet is experienced in the flesh, whether this is as a symptom or sublimation."

http://www.furtherfield.org/features/reviews/body-anxiety-woman-bearer-look

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Body Anxiety: Woman As Bearer Of The Look | Leah Schrager & Jennifer Chan


Body Anxiety: Woman As Bearer Of The Look | Leah Schrager & Jennifer Chan

Review by Laura González

In a psychoanalytic review of the online exhibition Body Anxiety, curated by Leah Schrager and Jennifer Chan, Laura González explores fear, symptom, sublimation and the pleasure of looking in relation to the body of the artists shown.

"Fear is easily attributable to a cause—we fear something in particular. Anxiety, however, can be described as fear without the source. Yet, anxiety is also a safety mechanism. Without it, we would walk in the face of danger. In the online exhibition Body Anxiety, curated by Leah Schrager and Jennifer Chan, the disquiet is experienced in the flesh, whether this is as a symptom or sublimation."

http://www.furtherfield.org/features/reviews/body-anxiety-woman-bearer-look

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Cyberformance in the Third Space: A Conversation with Helen Varley Jamieson


Cyberformance in the Third Space: A Conversation with Helen Varley Jamieson

By Randall Packer.
http://www.furtherfield.org/features/cyberformance-third-space-conversation-helen-varley-jamieson

Since 1999, pioneering cyberformance artist Helen Varley Jamieson has been exploring the Internet as a space for live performance and social engagement, long before Skype and Google Hangout became popular Web-conferencing tools. As one of the founders of UpStage, an open source platform for online theatrical presentation, Helen is a leading catalyst, researcher, director, and maker who for years has been reimagining the Internet as a global space for theater and performance. We discuss the evolution of her work, as well as her most recent cyberformance, “we r now[here]”* for the Art of the Networked Practice | Online Symposium (March 31 - April 2).
http://oss.adm.ntu.edu.sg/symposium2015/

The title and description of the work poetically articulates her thinking on networked space (third space) as a medium for online theatrical experimentation: “‘we r now[here]’ is about nowhere and somewhere: the ‘nowhere’ of the Internet becomes ‘now’ and ‘here’ through our virtual presence.” (* Special thanks to Annie Abrahams who provided the title for the work: “we r now[here],” and to Curt Cloninger who inspired it.)

Randall Packer is an artist, composer, educator, and writer. He is currently Visiting Associate Professor in the School of Art, Design & Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and the co-chair of the Art of the Networked Practice | Online Symposium. You can follow him at Reportage from the Aesthetic Edge, his blog critiquing the unfolding media culture.
http://www.randallpacker.com/

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It's a Man's Man's Man's World - Review: Sonic Acts day 1


It's a Man's Man's Man's World - Review: Sonic Acts day 1.

New Review by Nathan Jones.

The first day of the Sonic Acts festival featured some of the most prominent men in philosophy, electronic music and sound art today, including OOO practitioners Graham Harman and Tim Morton, M.E.S.H., Vessel Florian Hecker and Reza Negarestani. Nathan Jones attended this day for Furtherfield.

"Trans-gender theorist Jami Weinstein has compared the flocking behaviour of academics and artists around the concept of The Anthropocene, to the adoption by the Hipster of a given locale or fashion appendage. The creative flock, she suggests, can perform a gentrification of concept through uncritical adoption and ‘hyper-consumption’, just as it does of neighbourhoods or workwear. The Anthropocene is indeed the place to be seen, or the guise in which to dress the body of your work, this season. The term is proposed as a way of describing the explicit ‘age’ in which human kind, post-1945 (although possibly since the Industrial Revolution, or stretching right back to the advent of tool use), has come to define the geophysics of the entire earth."

http://www.furtherfield.org/features/reviews/its-mans-mans-mans-world-review-sonic-acts-day-1