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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DISCUSSION

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".

DISCUSSION

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.

DISCUSSION

'Being Social' Exhibition News. It has been Awarded a Touring Grant.


'Being Social' Exhibition News. It has been Awarded a Touring Grant.

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Video of Being Social, at Furtherfield Gallery.
https://vimeo.com/39408401#

This video was taken at the opening of the Furtherfield Gallery in the heart of Finsbury Park, in April 2012. The show featured artists: Annie Abrahams, Karen Blissett, Ele Carpenter, Emilie Giles, moddr_, Liz Sterry and Thomson and Craighead.

"Since the mid-90s computers have changed our way of being together. First the Internet then mobile networks have grown as cultural spaces for interaction - wild and banal, bureaucratic and controlling - producing new ways of 'being social'. Visitors were invited to view art installations, software art, networked performances and get involved with creative activities to explore how our lives - personal and political - are being shaped by digital technologies."

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Link to the exhibition 25 Feb - 28 April 2012.
furtherfield.org/programmes/exhibition/being-social

The Being Social exhibition Tour in England.

The exhibition will now be touring 6 venues in England in 2014. Leeds (2 different venues), Blackpool, Sunderland & in the London areas of Lewisham, Hammersmith & Fulham.

In partnership with CultureCode (http://www.culturecode.co.uk/). Furtherfield will deliver a pilot tour of participatory digital art to six shopping centres in the North of England and London with the aim of establishing a sustainable touring network offering increased access and engagement in high quality art for people in places with limited arts provision. This tour has been made possible after receiving an award of £65,000 from the Arts Council of England (http://bit.ly/15bN4cP), as part of their Strategic touring programme. amounting to the total of £902,795 to 8 projects.

These touring exhibitions actively explore beyond where art is typically expected to be seen. It is our belief that the art we are engaged with, 'is' contemporary art. In contrast to the marketed and branding mythologies of mainstream art culture - our mission is to step outside of these hermetically sealed safety zones.

Furtherfield has already proven there are audiences and new collaborators interested in the culture we share, with record numbers of visitors reaching to 150 a day at our (since jan 2102) location in Finsbury Park, London.

The Internet made it possible for a revolution of critical, networked artists to explore their contemporary artistic practice on their own terms, and with others. However, we have always believed that the physical world (meat space), also plays a necessary role. But, not only in galleries. So, we are of course interested to seeing how this pilot works out - we view this as a small part of creating new forms of creatively based emancipation.

Small steps, once proposed by Mahatma Ghandi can achieve profound and enduring change.

Selected Reviews written about Being Social:

Furtherfield: from virtual to physical.

Furtherfield Gallery opens with exhibition questioning online society Culture. By Katie Scott
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-03/12/being-social-at-furtherfield-gallery

The People's Serpentine Gallery of North London. By Erica Scourti.
http://www.labkultur.tv/en/blog/furtherfield-virtual-physical

Being [Social] [Media] [Art] (by Mark Amerika)
http://professorvj.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/being-social-media-art-by-mark-amerika.html

The Furtherfield Gallery's debut show in its new Finsbury Park home will make you question what you put online. By George Nott.
http://bit.ly/ADVF3A

Wired.co.uk Podcast 67: Cyborg snails, homeless hotspots, BBC downloads. By Nate Lanxon.
http://www.wired.co.uk/podcast/episode-67


DISCUSSION

Furtherfield Newsletter | FurtherNews Issue 12, July 2013


Furtherfield Newsletter | FurtherNews Issue 12, July 2013

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numbermunchers from the untitled [screencaptures] series by Melissa Barron

Contemporary Art, Technology & Social Change.
http://www.furtherfield.org/content/furthernews-issue-12-july-2013

Welcome to the 12th issue of FurtherNews. We have an assortment of news items including info about the current and upcoming exhibitions at Furtherfield Gallery; new reviews, articles and interviews; events; recent commissions and other projects in the neighbourhood.

This issue features work by:-

Shu Lea Cheang
Mark Amerika
McKenzie Wark
Richard Barbrook
Rosa Menkman
Alma Alloro
Melissa Barron
Nick Briz
Benjamin Gaulon
José Irion Neto
Antonio Roberts
Ant Scott
Dave Young
Mary Flanagan
Robert Jackson
Rob Myers
Thomson and Craighead at Carroll
Daniel Rourke
Patrick Lichty
Monty Cantsin
Eleanor MacFarlane

DISCUSSION

Selected Interviews on Art, Technology & Social Change by Marc Garrett


Selected Interviews on Art, Technology & Social Change by Marc Garrett

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http://marcgarrett.org/selected-interviews-by-marc-garrett/

Through the years I have interviewed all kinds of people. And yes, it is has been an absolute privilege to be part of a brilliant culture, where there are so many amazing and interesting minds. Some view this vibrant culture as media art or new media art as it has developed in parallel to the mainstream art world. However, out of this societal shift a whole new breed of art practitioners has founded a form of controlling the means of art production on their own terms. This leads us to questions concerning what values we can now interpret as contemporary art?

Well, without any doubt I personally view all of these artists, theorists, coders, hacktivists and tinkerers, as part of larger field of contemporary art practice. As someone who has been deeply entwined in the history of this expanding field; I know, just like many others, that the most interesting and critically engaged art happening out there, does not only contribute merely as a reflection of the world, but it also plays a vital role in changing its reality. This means something…