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

Marc Garrett is co-director and co-founder, with artist Ruth Catlow of the Internet arts collectives and communities –,,, 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

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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Prometheus 2.0: Frankenstein Conquers the World!

Prometheus 2.0: Frankenstein Conquers the World!


Marc Garrett writes about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and looks at science and technological determinism, and humanity’s bond with digital media and social networks. It includes human-machine relations, cyborgs, theories in cyber-culture, classical and SF literature and contemporary art practices across the fields of media art, hacktivism, activism, feminism and cyberpunk.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is the focus for this text but it also brings into the mix, Greek mythology and Prometheus - the Titan, and what the myth symbolizes, asking, in what form does he exist in the world today? It is a playful assemblage of unresolved contemplations that have been sitting around asking for light in the back of my mind. This is a stripped down version of the original study about mythology, technology, fear and revolution.


SEFT-1 Abandoned Railways Exploration Probe: Modern Ruins 1:220

Fri Jun 20, 2014 18:00

London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Next show Furtherfield: SEFT-1 Abandoned Railways Exploration Probe: Modern Ruins 1:220

The Arts Catalyst in partnership with Furtherfield

Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene (Los Ferronautas) built their striking silver road-rail SEFT-1 vehicle to explore the abandoned passenger railways of Mexico and Ecuador, capturing their journeys in videos, photographs and collected objects. In their first London exhibition, SEFT-1 Abandoned Railways Exploration Probe - Modern Ruins 1:220, commissioned by The Arts Catalyst and presented in partnership with Furtherfield in their gallery space in the heart of Finsbury Park, the artists explore how the ideology of progress is imprinted onto historic landscapes and reflect on the two poles of the social experience of technology - use and obsolescence.

Between 2006 and 2011, the artists travelled across Mexico and Ecuador in the SEFT-1 (Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada or Manned Railway Exploration Probe). In a transdisciplinary art project, they set out to explore disused railways as a starting point for reflection and research, recording the landscapes and infrastructure around and between cities. Interviewing people they met, often from communities isolated by Mexico’s passenger railway closures, they shared their findings online,, where audiences could track the probe’s trajectory, view maps and images and listen to interviews.

Private View: Friday 20 June 6-8pm (Press preview 20 June, 5pm)
Open 20 June–27 July 2014
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm

Gallery tour with the artists, Saturday 21 June 2pm.
Talk with Dr Malcom Miles and discussion with the artists, Saturday 21 June 3.30-5pm (booking required)

The SEFT-1 exploration probe will be on display next to the gallery 20–22 June, 11–13 July, 18–20 July and 25–27 July 2014.


Tuesday 17 June 6.30–9.00pm - artists Ivan Puig & Andrés Padilla Domene will be in conversation with The Arts Catalyst curator Rob La Frenais during London LASER 04 at University of Westminster (book here)

Saturday 21 June 2pm – Gallery tour with the artists, FREE

Saturday 21 June 3–5pm – A de-industrialised estate - Talk with Dr Malcom Miles and discussion with the artists at Furtherfield Commons - (limited capacity £5, details and online booking here)

Saturday 12 July 11.30am–1.30pm – Drop in to the gallery and meet model railway maker extraordinaire Neville Reid and artist Andrés Padilla Domene, FREE

Saturday 12 July 2–4pm – Death Collapsing Into Life - Guided walk along Parkland abandoned railway with landscape architect, urbanist and writer Tim Waterman (limited capacity £5 and up to two children under 15 free, details and online booking here)

Saturday 19 July 10am–12.30pm – Create your own Railway Exploration Vehicle family workshop for children 7-12 years led by Codasign (limited capacity, £30 one child £50 two children, plus one accompanying parent, online booking here)

Saturday 19 July 2–5pm – Code your own Retro Game with Python - a beginners workshop for young people aged 13-17 to learn coding led by Codasign (limited capacity, £36 please bring a laptop with you, online booking here)

With support from Embassy of Mexico, Arts Council England, Central de Maquetas.


Digital autopsies: The Negligent Eye at the Bluecoat

Digital autopsies: The Negligent Eye at the Bluecoat | Exhibition, Liverpool UK | Review by Nathan Jones


Nathan Jones reviews the exhibition ‘The Negligent Eye’ on digital printmaking at the Bluecoat in Liverpool. He examines its paradoxical concerns as printmakers question printmaking practice alongside other artists engaged in digital production.

The Negligent Eye
the Bluecoat
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 - Sun, 15 Jun 2014

Featuring artists: Cory Arcangel, Christiane Baumgartner, Thomas Bewick, Jyll Bradley, Maurice Carlin, Helen Chadwick, Susan Collins, Conroy/Sanderson, Nicky Coutts, Elizabeth Gossling, Beatrice Haines, Juneau Projects, Laura Maloney, Bob Matthews, London Fieldworks (with the participation of Gustav Metzger), Marilène Oliver, Flora Parrott, South Atlantic Souvenirs, Imogen Stidworthy, Jo Stockham, Wolfgang Tillmans, Alessa Tinne, Michael Wegerer, Rachel Whiteread, Jane and Louise Wilson.

The Negligent Eye revolves around the way a digitally-native generation of artists – particularly printmakers - are questioning their relation to the digital, using the notion of ‘scanning’ as a kind of mid-state of the creative process of the human-digital hybrid. The show is co-curated curated by the Bluecoat's Sara-Jayne Parsons and head of printmaking at the RCA, Jo Stockham, and features several works by her graduates, and other artists from around the RCA, such as Bob Matthews and Christiane Baumgartner.


A Manifesto for Being Correct in the Arts

Hi Glenn,

Much thanks for your thoughts on the matter...

It's more of a polemic on the conditions that dominated freedom of expression.

It is not proposing an absolute, just for individuals & groups to explore where alternatives may exist, rather than just going through the motions of being directed by social scripts dominating our societal behaviours.

A disruption for a pause ;-)

wishing you well.



A Manifesto for Being Correct in the Arts

A Manifesto for Being Correct in the Arts

You’ve been to the correct schools and universities

You’ve been to the correct galleries & museums

You’ve been to the correct conferences & festivals

You’ve said the correct things to the correct people

You’ve supported the correct artists & correct canons

You’ve pulled rank on less correct individuals & groups

You’ve given prizes to the correct individuals & groups

You’ve chosen the correct route to boost your status

You’ve chosen the correct route to boost your power

You’re so correct you may not even know this is about you...