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

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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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DISCUSSION

Enlisting the Body: Joseph DeLappe and "Social Tactics”.


Enlisting the Body: Joseph DeLappe and "Social Tactics”.

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Chris Lanier interviews new media artist Joseph DeLappe about his retrospective exhibition "Social Tactics" at the Fresno Art Museum, and his Drone Memorial project at Fresno State University.

The Fresno Art Museum, in collaboration with the Fresno State Center for Creativity and the Arts, is exhibiting "Social Tactics," a mini-retrospective of the work of Joseph DeLappe, a new media artist and director of the Digital Media Program at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The exhibit has been running alongside the construction of a to-scale sculptural reproduction of an MQ1 Predator Drone on the campus of Fresno State, coordinated by DeLappe and executed by students and volunteers. I had the opportunity to interview DeLappe about his work, and the way it connects to militarism, memorialization, and embodiment. His work has been an ongoing critique of games that look like war, and warfare that looks like gaming – insisting that, within the hall of mirrors that forms "simulation culture," reality still must be accounted for, and attended to.

http://www.furtherfield.org/features/interviews/enlisting-body-joseph-delappe-and-social-tactics

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The Absurdity of Art Speak, Art Worlds, and what we can learn from Big Data


The Absurdity of Art Speak, Art Worlds, and what we can learn from Big Data.

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Annet Decker interviews Jonas Lund whose practice revolves around the mechanisms that constitute contemporary art production, its market & the established 'art worlds'. Using a wide variety of media, combining software-based works with performance, installation, video, photography and sculptures, he produces works that have an underlying foundation in writing code. By approaching art world systems from a programmatic point of view, the work engages through a criticality largely informed by algorithms and 'big data'.

http://www.furtherfield.org/features/absurdity-art-speak-art-worlds-and-what-we-can-learn-big-data

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Review of Thomson & Craighead’s book 'Flat Earth'


Review of Thomson & Craighead’s book 'Flat Earth'.

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Marc Garrett reviews Thomson & Craighead's recent book ‘Flat Earth’ edited by Sarah Cook published as part of two solo exhibitions. The first, Not even the sky at MEWO Kunsthalle, Memmingen, Germany from 26 October 2013 – 6 January 2014 and the second Maps DNA and Spam at Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland from 18 January - 16 March 2014. The book contains a foreword by Axel Lapp, essays by Dundee Fellow Sarah Cook and DCA Director Clive Gillman as well as an interview with the artists by Steve Rushton.

"Thomson & Craighead provide parallel insights through their artwork into the protocols and technical procedures governing the functions of networks. However, human existence and human experience has a relationship with these networks and, out of millions of interactions, evolves not metaphors but fragmented symbolisms and stories. These are telling us about a networked society's gaze at its mediated self. And this is where art can play a special role in critiquing, communicating and sharing the nuances of this emerging multitude." Garrett.

http://www.furtherfield.org/features/reviews/review-thomson-craighead%E2%80%99s-book-flat-earth

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Vampire Digital Art


Vampire Digital Art

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New article on Furtherfield by Rob Myers.

Building on science fiction author Charles Stross's vision of a future of weaponized eBooks, Rob Myers considers how artists can use the strategies of malware to make art that really grabs the attention of the public and the market, and how much it will cost to make.

In "How Readers Will Discover Books In Future", science fiction author Charles Stross envisions a future in which weaponized eBooks demand your attention by copying themselves onto your mobile devices, wiping out the competition, and locking up the user interface until you've read them.

This is only just science fiction. Even the earliest viruses often displayed messages and malware that denies access to your data until you pay to decrypt it already exist. ePub ebooks can execute arbitrary JavaScript, and PDF documents can execute arbitrary shell scripts. Compromised PDFs have been found in the wild. Stross's weaponized ebooks are not more than one step ahead of this.

http://www.furtherfield.org/features/articles/vampire-digital-art

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Are We Human or Resistor? Ryan Jordan & Jonathan Kemp's "Psychotronic Reactor" at Reactor Halls


Are We Human or Resistor? Ryan Jordan & Jonathan Kemp's "Psychotronic Reactor" at Reactor Halls.

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Nathan Jones has his head bent by an evening of psychogeophysics and laboratory manufactured noise at Reactor Halls E09: Psychotronic Reactors, by Ryan Jordan & Jonathan Kemp, at Reactor's new space in Primary, Nottingham.

“The background reading on psychogeophysics is rich with conceptual freakery, based on the application of experimental conditions to pick up signals and messages from the spiritual other - such as the notorious Electronic Voice Phenomena experiments of Konstantin Raudive, which reportedly discerned the voices of the dead in electronic noise. The term psychogeophysics itself is a half-tongue-in-cheek addition to the always-already-playful ‘psychogeography’ adding to concerns with the summative effects of environment and mind on arts practice, with a pataphysical enquiry into the earth’s wave-spectrum effects as they impact on consciousness.”

http://www.furtherfield.org/features/reviews/are-we-human-or-resistor-ryan-jordan-jonathan-kemps-psychotronic-reactor-reactor-ha