marc garrett
Since the beginning
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

Massive Media: A Geology of Media book review.


Massive Media: A Geology of Media book review.

J. R. Carpenter reviews Jussi Parikka's A Geology of Media.
http://www.furtherfield.org/features/reviews/massive-media-geology-media-book-review

J. R. Carpenter reviews A Geology of Media, the third, final part of the media ecology-trilogy. It started with Digital Contagions: A Media Archaeology of Computer Viruses (2007) and continued with Insect Media (2010). It focuses beyond machines and technologies onto the chemistry and geological materials of media, from metals to dust.

Jussi Parikka is a writer, media theorist and professor in technological culture & aesthetics at Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton). He is also Docent of Digital Culture Theory at University of Turku, Finland and Honorary Visiting Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. http://jussiparikka.net/

J. R. Carpenter is a Canadian-born UK-based artist, writer, researcher, performer, and maker of maps, zines, books, poetics, very short fiction, long fiction, non-fiction, and non-linear, hypermedia, and computer-generated narratives. http://luckysoap.com

DISCUSSION

Beyond the Interface - London - ends this weekend - June 2015.


Beyond the Interface - London - ends this weekend.

http://www.furtherfield.org/programmes/exhibition/beyond-interface-london

Zach Blas, Branger_Briz, Mez Breeze, Heath Bunting, Jennifer Chan, Francesca da Rimini, Genetic Moo, Nathaniel Stern

Beyond the Interface is an exhibition and series of events presented by Furtherfield, where leading international contemporary artists explore the technical devices that pervade our lives.

“The interface is the sense organ of the computer, whereby it becomes part of human culture” - Søren Bro Pold1

How much of our life do we spend in front of screens? Typically young adults in the UK spend more than a third of their waking lives watching TV or using computers, smartphones and tablets.2 These glowing rectangles are just one interface through which we contribute to the growing global human-machine network.

Nowadays a multitude of sensors proliferate in these same devices along with the chips and transmitters that are embedded in all consumer goods. Our actions are tracked, our utterances and exchanges are monitored, and our behaviours inform the design of future media, systems and products. This is the cybernetic loop.

The interface is the boundary across which information is exchanged, causing a transformation in one or both sides of that boundary. Between individuals, corporations and states; beliefs and disciplines; components of computer systems; or machines and living beings. Interfaces have always been a site of control, hidden in plain view: symbolic, social or technological. Seduced and habituated, we forget to question how we are dominated and reprogrammed by the very facilities that are supposed to free us as part of the digital revolution. Lori Emerson suggests this is an “overwhelming push to disempower users/consumers with closed devices”.3

NOTES
[1] Interface Criticism, Aesthetics Beyond Buttons edited by Christian Ulrik Andersen & Søren Bro Pold
[2] http://www.kpcb.com/internet-trends
[3] 'Against the Frictionless Interface! An Interview with Lori Emerson'

DISCUSSION

Synthetic Selves: Mediated Body Art | New article By Erik Zepka


Synthetic Selves: Mediated Body Art | New article By Erik Zepka

How do we represent ourselves and bodies in an environment that is increasingly saturated with mediation?

Erik Zepka looks at the work of a series of artists practising on the internet to get a idea of what these representations might look like, and why they might be important.

http://bit.ly/1HyD2oH

OPPORTUNITY

CLICK seminar 2015: Art, Technology, Human Existence


Deadline:
Fri May 15, 2015 10:00

Location:
Denmark

CLICK seminar 2015: Art, Technology, Human Existence.

Context & other info...
http://www.furtherfield.org/programmes/event/click-seminar-2015-art-technology-human-existence

PARTICIPANTS
Stelarc (AUS), Richard Stallman (US), Jennifer Lyn Morone (US), Lu Yang (CH), Francesca da Rimini & Virginia Barrett (AUS), Cory Doctorow (CA), Andrew McKenzie (UK), Jakob Wamberg (DK), Shu Lea Cheang (TW/US)

Date: Friday 15 May , 10 am - 6 pm
Venue: The Culture Yard, Denmark

Inspired by the Phillip K Dick short story “The Electric Ant” this year's CLICK seminar curated with Furtherfield explores how identity and perceptions of reality have changed in a world where humans, society and technology have merged in unexpected ways. Who are we, what's real, where can we expect to go from here, and how can we get there together?

From future shock to FOMO (fear of missing out), accelerating technological change has disrupted our perception of ourselves and the world around us. Pervasive computing, genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, drones and robotics, neural interfaces and implants, 3D printing, nanotechnology, big data and ever more technologies are redrawing the boundaries of what it means to be human and what it means to be you.

CLICK Seminar brings together a number of prominent speakers including scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, activists, business people and others from the international scene. The aim is to identify fields of intersection between technology, arts, communication and human existence; to pinpoint ideas and stimulate discussion.

CLICK Seminar is presented by CLICK Festival in collaboration with Furtherfield (UK)

PDF of the full program for CLICK Seminar 15 May http://bit.ly/1QNOQZv

Tickets can be bought here: https://billetto.dk/da/clickseminar

Read more about the seminar here: http://www.clickfestival.dk/#!click-seminar/c1j9o


DISCUSSION

Broke and Scared: The Home of the Future


Broke and Scared: The Home of the Future

Ben Valentine contrasts the implications of his couchsurfing present with the precarious and monetized future of the ideal home in his review of Space Caviar's book of commissioned essays SQM: The Quantified Home.

"I’ve been thinking about the idea of home a lot recently. I’ve been traveling over three continents for the last 6 months, living out of hostels, surfing friend’s couches, and even staying in local homes through Couchsurfing or personal connections. [...] So I was excited to reflect further on the homes when the design research collaborative Space Caviar released a book of commissioned essays entitled, SQM: The Quantified Home. The essays examine how the romantic idea of the home is increasingly in tension with global market forces, zoning laws, new technologies, surveillance, war, and much more. The book was commissioned by Biennale Interieur and was part of Space Caviar's program, "The Home Does Not Exist," which premiered at the Biennale Interieur in Belgium in October of last year."

http://www.furtherfield.org/features/articles/broke-and-scared-home-future