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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Revisiting Robert Hewison’s 'Future Tense' 25 Years Later


Revisiting Robert Hewison’s 'Future Tense' 25 Years Later.

New Article by Marc Garrett.

http://www.furtherfield.org/features/25-years-after-future-tense

This article revisits Robert Hewison’s book, Future Tense: A New Art For The Nineties, [1] published in 1990. The book focused on contemporary attitudes to art, architecture and design that manifested in what had come to be called the postmodern era. Earlier avant-gardes of collectives and groups such as Dada, Situationism, Fluxus and the Lettrists had incorporated new technologies and challenged the material values embraced by museums and traditional hierarchies in modern art and capitalist society. Hewison set out to discover the ways in which artists of the 80s contributed to a "critical culture" for the 90s.

In the 70s in the UK, art had a role to play in changing society, transforming relations to controlling production and critiquing the role of the establishment. Hewison’s mission was to observe contemporary culture happening in the late 80s in Britain with an emphasis on the future. Even though there had been a massive evolution in culture; within and across the fields of music, art and theory, it was also a new dawn for capitalism as it morphed into what we now know as neoliberalism. By revisiting Hewison's book I hope to elucidate what the cultural shifts and differences in our art culture then and now, and to invite you the reader to reflect on what they mean to those of us engaging with and practicing across the fields of art, technology and social change today.

[1] Robert Hewison. Future Tense: A New Art for the Nineties. Methuen Publishing Ltd (31 May 1990).

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#TransActing: A Market of Values - an interview with Marsha Bradfield


#TransActing: A Market of Values - an interview with Marsha Bradfield

Charlotte Webb interviews Marsha Bradfield of Critical Practice, about #Transacting – a pop-up market made up of over 60 stall holders invited to creatively explore and produce alternative economies of value. They discuss free labour, ‘value’ vs ‘values’ and the aesthetics of participation - http://bit.ly/1MsQq1t

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Choose Your Muse Interview: Lynn Hershman Leeson


Choose Your Muse Interview: Lynn Hershman Leeson.

Marc Garrett interviews Lynn Hershman Leeson artist and filmmaker, who over the last three decades has been internationally acclaimed for her pioneering use of new technologies and her investigations of issues that are now recognized as key to the working of our society: identity in a time of consumerism, privacy in a era of surveillance, interfacing of humans and machines, and the relationship between real and virtual worlds. Modern Art Oxford is currently hosting a major solo exhibition of her work 'Origins of a Species, Part 2', open until 9 August 2015.

Choose Your Muse is a new series of interviews where Marc Garrett asks emerging and established artists, curators, techies, hacktivists, activists and theorists; practising across the fields of art, technology and social change, how and what has inspired them, personally, artistically and culturally.

http://www.furtherfield.org/features/interviews/choose-your-muse-interview-lynn-hershman-leeson


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Science Fiction Realism


Science Fiction Realism

Erik Zepka considers the interface of science fiction ideas and experiential realism in contemporary internet cultural practice. As part of art production shifts towards online networks of makers. A consideration of that content could provide hints of what ideas have become politically relevant to the digital commons.

http://bit.ly/1M80FZN

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