marc garrett
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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

Re: Re: You are the Agent of Alternative Reality


Creating Reality

This reminds of an image created by a photographer friend of mine. In the
early days of Thatcher dominance over the land of scrappy little of England.
Around 1982 I think, Paul took this photograph from his black and white TV,
of Mrs. Thatcher as she glared for one moment on the screen. He pasted the
image on billboards, walls all over London of this 'mad' looking woman who
just so happened to be our Prime Minister at the time. This subversive image
caught the people's imagination, then suddenly the image was in magazines,
newspapers, the television again. And everyone can now remember her by this
image in the UK. A staring monster who had no empathy for other people,
obsessed with power.

Marc Garrett

> Here's a great example of advertising subversion: A graphic designer
> working for a swiss bank designed a suite of four posters, each of which
> prominently featured a photograph of a human figure contorting their
> arms in a different way. When arranged on a wall, the arms turned into
> letters and the letters spelled "NAZI". I believe that these posters
> actually made it out to the public. That's subversiveness.
>
> The ACR stuff is cool (and thought provoking as evidenced by this
> thread) but like 99% of subversive art projects, it's more of a
> commentary for the choir than a goal-oriented political action. (dplanet
> sux!)
>
> Another example of prankish quasi-subversion: Bill Ripken, brother of
> Cal Ripken the now-retired Baltimore Oriole baseball star, appeared in
> his official Topps Baseball Card photograph in 1989 with a bat on which
> he had written (or, as he alleges, a mischeivous teammate had written)
> "Fuck Face". He even held the bat strategically so that the phrase was
> easily visible:
> http://www.snopes2.com/business/hidden/ripken.htm
>
> -Cf
>
> [christopher eli fahey]
> art: http://www.graphpaper.com
> sci: http://www.askrom.com
> biz: http://www.behaviordesign.com
>
>
>
>
>
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-list@rhizome.org [mailto:owner-list@rhizome.org]
> > On Behalf Of t.whid
> > Sent: Tuesday, June 18, 2002 1:56 PM
> > To: list@rhizome.org
> > Subject: Re: RHIZOME_RAW: Re: You are the Agent of Alternative Reality
> >
> >
> > note: i was referring to the mobile communication collection,
> > apologies for not being clear.
> >
> > i looked this site over pretty closely a couple of weeks ago, looking
> > specifically for images in the backgrounds that could be subversive.
> > didn't see anything that would be noticeable enough to have an effect
> > on an average viewer of these images and was left wondering what it's
> > effect may be outside of those (like us) who are in on the joke.
> >
> > if an image makes it to a big campaign (highly unlikely) and enough
> > people know it's 'subversive' then i suppose we can all laugh at the
> > company. but i don't see this subverting anything other than the
> > stock houses that may lose a minuscule amount of business (it could
> > be argued that the images they sell are more satirical than the ones
> > used at ACR) by people using these free ones.
> >
> > it's a catch-22, if the images were overtly subversive they wouldn't
> > get past the clients. if you make the subversion too subtle they
> > simply become free stock. i would argue that the photographer didn't
> > hit the sweet spot in the middle.
> >
> > take care
> >
> > At 13:35 -0400 6/18/02, Rachel Greene wrote:
> > >i agree that the poses aren't subversive. but there is a
> > subtle laugh track
> > >playing in the background... that is the element of
> > resistance i think.
> > >
> > >
> > >> from net art news:
> > >>
> > >> You are the Agent of Alternative Reality
> > >>
> > >> "Alternative Corporate Reality" (ACR) is a nose-thumbing tactical
> > >> media project that tricks corporations into using anti-corporate
> > >> icons in their own ad campaigns. Freelance graphic designers are
> > >> challenged to download ACR stock photography and use it in ad
> > >> campaigns for their corporate clients. This ACR stock photography
> > >> features recognizable project organizer Damian Stephens in various
> > >> mock-serious power poses. Participating designers then
> > upload samples
> > >> of their "subverted" corporate work to the ACR site as evidence of
> > >> their bravado. More of a sly wink than a thrown brick, but every
> > >> little bit counts when you're fighting the man.
> > >>
> > http://media.k10k.net/issues/issuewarp.php?ID7&URL=issues/i
> ssue117/index.php
> >>
>
> twhid wrote:
> >> this seems like a very interesting project, but the images aren't
> >> anti-corporate or subversive in anyway that i can tell.
> >>
> >> simply labeling an image 'subversive' don't make it so.
> >>
> >> i don't see how this project works to 'subvert' anything at all,
> >> except in the minds of few designers who are in the know.
> --
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DISCUSSION

Exxon Mobil-Sponsored Terrorism?


WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WORLD...

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DISCUSSION

"Holiday In Cambodia"


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"Holiday In Cambodia"

So you been to school for a year or two
And you know you've seen it all
In daddy's car thinkin' you'll go far
Back east your type don't crawl
Play ethnicky jazz to parade your snazz
On your five grand stereo
Braggin that you know how the niggers feel cold
And the slums got so much soul

It's time to taste what you most fear
Right Guard will not help you here
Brace yourself, my dear

It's a holiday in Cambodia
It's tough kid, but it's life
It's a holiday in Cambodia
Don't forget to pack a wife

Your a star-belly sneech you suck like a leech
You want everyone to act like you
Kiss ass while you bitch so you can get rich
But your boss gets richer on you
Well you'll work harder with a gun in your back
For a bowl of rice a day
Slave for soldiers til you starve
Then your head skewered on a stake
Now you can go where people are one
Now you can go where they get things done
What you need my son:

Is a holiday in Cambodia
Where people dress in black
A holiday in Cambodia
Where you'll kiss ass or crack

Pol Pot, Pol Pot, Pol Pot, Pol Pot [etc.]

And it's a holiday in Cambodia
Where you'll do what you're told
A holiday in Cambodia
Where the slums got so much soul

I Fought the Law (and I Won)
Drinkin' beer in the hot sun
I fought the law and I won

I needed sex and I got mine
I fought the law and I won

The law don't mean shit if you've got the right friends
That's how the country's run
Twinkies are the best friend I've ever had
I fought the law
And I won

I blew George & Harvey's brains out with my six-gun
I fought the law and I won

Gonna write my book and make a million
I fought the law and I won

I'm the new folk hero of the Ku Klux Klan
My cop friends think that's fine
You can get away with murder if you've got a badge
I fought the law
And I won
I am the law
So I won

The Dead Kennedys

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five
grand stereo<BR>Braggin that you know how the niggers feel cold<BR>And the =
slums
got so much soul <BR><BR>It's time to taste what you most fear<BR>Right Gua=
rd
will not help you here<BR>Brace yourself, my dear <BR><BR>It's a holiday in=

Cambodia<BR>It's tough kid, but it's life<BR>It's a holiday in Cambodia<BR>=
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forget to pack a wife <BR><BR>Your a star-belly sneech you suck like a
leech<BR>You want everyone to act like you<BR>Kiss ass while you bitch so y=
ou
can get rich<BR>But your boss gets richer on you<BR>Well you'll work harder=
with
a gun in your back<BR>For a bowl of rice a day<BR>Slave for soldiers til yo=
u
starve<BR>Then your head skewered on a stake<BR>Now you can go where people=
are
one<BR>Now you can go where they get things done<BR>What you need my son:=

<BR><BR>Is a holiday in Cambodia<BR>Where people dress in black<BR>A holida=
y in
Cambodia<BR>Where you'll kiss ass or crack <BR><BR>Pol Pot, Pol Pot, Pol Po=
t,
Pol Pot <I>[etc.]</I><BR><BR>And it's a holiday in Cambodia<BR>Where you'll=
do
what you're told<BR>A holiday in Cambodia<BR>Where the slums got so much so=
ul
<BR><BR>I Fought the Law (and I Won)<BR>Drinkin' beer in the hot sun<BR>I f=
ought
the law and I won <BR><BR>I needed sex and I got mine<BR>I fought the law a=
nd I
won <BR><BR>The law don't mean shit if you've got the right friends<BR>That=
's
how the country's run<BR>Twinkies are the best friend I've ever had<BR>I fo=
ught
the law <BR>And I won <BR><BR>I blew George &amp; Harvey's brains out with =
my
six-gun<BR>I fought the law and I won <BR><BR>Gonna write my book and make =
a
million<BR>I fought the law and I won <BR><BR>I'm the new folk hero of the =
Ku
Klux Klan<BR>My cop friends think that's fine<BR>You can get away with murd=
er if
you've got a badge<BR>I fought the law<BR>And I won<BR>I am the law<BR>So I=
won
<BR><BR><BR>The Dead Kennedys</FONT><BR></DIV>
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Oh the veins of her Majesty the Queen
They're so regal and serene
How I'd love to say I'd been
Down the veins of her Majesty the Queen
Tunnel down their beauteous sheen
And tell everyone I'd been
O the Queen and her cellar full of dogs
Wonder has she any frogs
Does she ever chop up logs?
Woah oh no-no I don't suppose she does
It would all be too much fuss
Anyway she'd have a

Private detective with her
Private detective with her

Just making sure no one ever had a go
At her Majesty the Queen
Someone no one really knows
You might think you know your friends
Even when they're on a screen
But nobody pretends
That they really know the Queen
I'd love to say I'd been
Somewhere deep inside the veins
Of Her Majesty the Queen

Robyhn Hitchcock & The Egyptions

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face="Arial Narrow">Oh the veins of her Majesty the Queen<BR>They'r=
e so
regal and serene<BR>How I'd love to say I'd been<BR>Down the veins of=
her
Majesty the Queen<BR>Tunnel down their beauteous sheen<BR>And tell
everyone I'd been<BR>O the Queen and her cellar full of dogs<BR>Wonde=
r has
she any frogs<BR>Does she ever chop up logs?<BR>Woah oh no-no I don't=

suppose she does<BR>It would all be too much fuss<BR>Anyway she'd hav=
e
a<BR><BR>Private detective with her<BR>Private detective with
her<BR><BR>Just making sure no one ever had a go<BR>At her Majesty th=
e
Queen<BR>Someone no one really knows<BR>You might think you know your=

friends<BR>Even when they're on a screen<BR>But nobody pretends<BR>Th=
at
they really know the Queen<BR>I'd love to say I'd been<BR>Somewhere d=
eep
inside the veins<BR>Of Her Majesty the Queen</FONT><BR><BR>Robyhn
Hitchcock &amp; The Egyptions<BR></FONT></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></D=
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