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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Video interview with Shu Lea Cheang & Mark Amerika

Video interview with Shu Lea Cheang & Mark Amerika

Disrupting data, the ‘new normal’ and gentrifying the internet.

Video by Jean Kay.

Working with the internet since the 90s, Shu Lea Cheang and Mark Amerika have seen the world wide web develop, shift and change into what it is today. As so-called ‘net natives’ Cheang and Amerika share many of the concerns of artists evolving with the WWW, from its emergence in the late-80s/early 90s, to the dot-com bubble, its burst, and now Web 2.0.


"A Symbol" Bill Miller at The Widget Art Gallery.

A Symbol" Bill Miller at The Widget Art Gallery.


Review by Rob Myers.

What can we learn from our encounter with an indeterminate symbol floating in the space of a gallery that exists only on Apple devices? Rob myers writes about Bill Miller's work featured at The Widget Art Gallery (WAG) serving art online since 2009. From July to August 2013 the work inhabited this virtual space as Bill Miller's "A Symbol".


On Art and Disobedience; Or, What Is an Intervention?

On Art and Disobedience; Or, What Is an 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".


Commodify Us: Our Data Our Terms

Commodify Us: Our Data Our Terms.


Article by Marc Garrett.
Includes interview with Walter Langelaar

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.


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

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


Video of Being Social, at Furtherfield Gallery.

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."


Link to the exhibition 25 Feb - 28 April 2012.

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 ( 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 (, 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

The People's Serpentine Gallery of North London. By Erica Scourti.

Being [Social] [Media] [Art] (by Mark Amerika)

The Furtherfield Gallery's debut show in its new Finsbury Park home will make you question what you put online. By George Nott. Podcast 67: Cyborg snails, homeless hotspots, BBC downloads. By Nate Lanxon.