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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Re: [thingist] Re: RHIZOME_RAW: [l0l] LOL#24


No probz then..:-)

> On Sun, 18 Aug 2002, furtherfield wrote:
> > May be its time to get on with taking things a bit further now, a bit
> > respect for each other instead of beating each other over the head.
> But nobody's beating anybody over the head?
> Besides, I am perfectly RESPECTFUL of Max.
> Respect is not ass-kissing, idolatry, and empty manners / flattery.
> > What's the use of people bothering to think about something if flame
> > wars keep cropping up.
> And what does this mean?
> > Let's get busy with debating in depth,
> Ha ha. spare me. I am_ debating in depth. Do I not fit the cardboard
> cut-out of 'debating in depth'? We've already established that my
> pants are the wrong color, and my name is 'stupid'.
> > plus having playful messages that are (creative and imaginative) above
> > using the word 'fuck' all the time.
> Thanks, o--judge of creativity and playfulness. Next time I'll try
> to be creative and playful as per your specifications stated in Law 734
> Rule 745, pt. a, paragraph 3.
> > It does get a bit boring, shit - even i'm getting bored with it...
> Which is your problem only. You're getting bored because you like
> getting bored. Fashionable hobbies of the _________:
> affektation + boredom. Habitual 'intellectualism' +
> cookie-cutter viewz.
> `, . ` `k a r e i' ? ' D42


Re: Are They Really?

Hi Judson,

Your probably right - to be honest, I can't be bothered with arguing at the=
moment. It just seemed wrong somehow, my intuitive and emotional state tol=
d me different from recollective, objective angst against the wla=
ker gallery is too minor - it was a mistake. I'll be less reactionary next =
time, there is so much ugliness out there at the moment. I just feel like l=
ying down in a large lake and the world of hatred and mal=
e domination over other peoples lives continues to kill all that lives. Sor=
ry for sending a bummer of an email...this must be one of my off days.


'the Walker Center for Contemporary Arts is an important online space f=
or contemporary digital art'.

Are They Really?


I'm playing Devils Advocate here (aren't i always though), but I don't se=
e any contradiction in their (innocuous) quote. "important" for some art. T=
hey aren't saying "everyone's art", just that there is some art for which t=
his site is "important".

think of it this way. Imagine if EVERY site that had similar or better re=
ason to be linked by the Walker, came to them with such a proposal. At leas=
t 5000 sites could say they are doing some kind of work in the arts, on the=
web. For each site to add one link would be effortless.

But is someone at the Walker supposed to add 5000+ links? More work for t=
hem. the Walker gains nothing. (assume most folks who visit a random arty s=
ite are gonna already know about the Walker. They don't need you to tell th=

Then what use would it be to have your site listed about 1/3 of the way d=
own (assuming alphabetical order) in a list of 5000 links, just names, no c=
omments. There's no way they could take time to look at them all and vote. =
Nonetheless, only a dozen or so may get chosen as the top links. Which is b=
asically what they have. In an un-curated list of 5000, only the first 3 or=
4 will ever get seen anyway. Freedom and sharing is of no use to you here.

I'm sure a place like the Walker has gotten scores of such requests alrea=
dy. it's probably a really cool thing that you got a personalized rejection=
. Be happy someone saw your name. Doubt they have to.

That's my gut reaction though. Hope it's helpful.

'the Walker Center for Contemporary Arts is an important online space f=
or contemporary digital art'.

Are They Really?

I recently posted a link submission to Walker Arts center suggesting th=
at we would put a link on our site from <>www.f= if they could do same for us.

furtherfield are an independent collective that has been hosting and su=
pporting art and net projects for about six years now. We have gain finance=
by independent sources until recently (out of our own income).

I got an email back saying 'We set up links that have a direct relation=
ship to Walker, ie: community partner, copartner on an event, sponsorship, =
related to an exhibition, etc. Unfortunately, I can't create the link to yo=
ur site since there is not a relationship with us'.

I believe that this is wrong and reflects that the policy is institutio=
nally bound, an isolationist default and does not in any way wish to be ope=
n to other net arts (groups) outside their own minimal agenda.

By only linking with in-house groups - this gives off the message that =
they are not sharing a platform with independent Internet art collectives. =
It seems that in reality, their function is to gatekeeper and not share amo=
ngst the many...

They should question this policy immediately.

marc garrett


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PMB 130
New York, NY 10003


Re: [thingist] Re: RHIZOME_RAW: [l0l] LOL#24


your right - Muserna.


> on 8/17/02 8:43 PM, furtherfield ecrit :
> > Let's get busy with debating in depth, plus having playful messages that
> > (creative and imaginative) above using the word 'fuck' all the time.
> Let's just not get too creative...
> For example, Natalie Myers rediddling of my sig below, while re-diddling
> be considered a type of ascii-art battling, I think she went over board
> adding the words "FUCK YOU", and although it made me laugh, I was
> hit with the idea than maybe Natalie should take hire an ascii-art tutor
> before she jumps into making "flash movie(s)"
> ,_, ,_, ,_, ,_, ,_,
> /| | /| | /| | /| | /| |
> ,__|||_F __ ___| /|U___ ___| /|C___ ___| /|K___ ___| |___, ,__|| |___,
> ,__|| |___, ,__|| |___, ,__|| |___,
> //|___ ___|
> |/Y_/| |__/ |/
> O___/| |__/ |/
> U___/| |__/ |/___/| |__/
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> v.._.|| |i.v_.v.._.|| |i.v_._v.._.|| |i.v_._v.._.|| |i.v_._v.._.|| |i.v_._
> > It does get a bit boring, shit - even i'm getting bored with it...
> "Was I bored? No I wasn't fuckin' bored. I'm never bored. That's the
> with everybody - you're all so bored. You've had nature explained to you
> you're bored with it. You've had the living body explained to you and
> bored with it. You've had the universe explained to you and you're bored
> with it. So now you just want cheap thrills and like plenty of 'em and it
> dun't matter 'ow tawdry or vacuous they are as long as it's new, as long
> it's new, as long as it flashes and fuckin' beeps in forty fuckin'
> colours. Well whatever else you can say about me, I'm not fuckin' bored."
> -johnny "Naked" by M. Leigh 1993
> -muserna
> """""
> ( 0 0) <- Ever seen a bucktooth dino with hair?
> }. .{ Don't laugh, but you have now.
> --uu-
> `-' Goofy Dinos only at:


Re: far-see

Hi Natalie - I thought I'd continue closely where you kind of left off,
but starting from the third from last sentence, of your text...

Your text - After midnight significant others don't sleep well without thei=
r lovers.

The night is drafty and the wind blows through me causing a chill like a ha=
memory, or is it a lost dream? No, it is a memory, a cluster of images culm=
into a hazy, shaky archive, a collection of specific moments.

These moments are important to me, they have formed who I am now.
When I think of you, I mainly remember the essence of you, your smell,
your laughter, your tears and the intensity of our visceral mutuality.

For me, our love possessed verve, an energy unfathomable. A treasure withou=
references or a map to inform us of where and how, if it will end. The spir=
it lived
outside and inside of me and you. Unbound, not needing the remits of cultur=
e and
socially inherited opinions. It was part of our dream, the planet, my famil=
my life and your life.

Losing you has created not a gap but a cut, a wound so deep that when I clo=
my eyes, I do not sleep but wish that I could wake up next to you once more=
And when that wind whistles through the open window; I am always alert, hop=
that your spirit will come back and visit me, hold me, touch me once again =
those magical feelers, those honest and uncynical intimate hands, caressing=

my delicate frame.

marc garrett


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