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: backward engineering

Hi Judson,

I believe there are a few cross purposes concurring here, but will try to l=
eaf out some answers in relation to your answers to me anyway.

Like what T.Whid says apache's being used regularly, at least over here in =
the UK and in Eastern Europe, in business and especially in D.I.Y collectiv=
es such as the cubecinema (che/1.3.12 Server at in =
Bristol and many other small independent Groups. And it is free, copied man=
ically and info on 'Redhat' & 'Suse' are updated all the time.

> Happiness to Marc and Andres,
> >Your worries about bad companies, governments exploiting DNA as an
> >open source code, I believe is a very valid question.
> Open source is a hoax. It's free stuff (generally incomplete) to
> obtain for folks who can write off their IP service or it comes free
> with their job. It's not actually free for MOST people. The charge
> is just deceptively in a place that gets little attention. The code
> is useless unless you happen to have interest and time and know what
> to do with all these files and then have the software/hardware to
> re-assemble it. Most of us do not fit one or more of those
> categories.

I agree that some Open source networks/sites are a hoax but not all of them.

> Linux is great. Generally, the folks who can use it, will actually
> read the gobbilty-gook and figure it out. But most folks have other
> stuff to do and no professional impetus to look at it. Somebody has
> posted (often illegally, but who cares) the source for just about
> every commercial software, including most Microsoft stuff. But
> nobody's buying the compiled code! who cares if it's "free"! they
> buy the thing that comes in a box, that they can install and work
> with less trouble.

And yes, I agree again, it does take a bit of time to figuire it all out.

> open source is a misnomer. it is only open to high level programmers.

> so fighting the big companies/governments who exploit it is like
> voting democrat instead of republican. lesser of two evils but still
> has no effect on the ultimate problems. In fact, one could easily
> see (and i'm sure some do) the 'crats were invented by the 'pubs, to
> provide the illusion that we are making a choice. Open source LOOKS
> like a friendly ideal but what's the real end result?
> >Governments and the many idiotic (mostly) males that have cruelly
> >abused their power disappoint me greatly - I do not trust them at
> >all.
> haha. An understatement on all counts!

Are you agreeing with me on that one Judson?

> >>When you buy software theres all this licence thing where they
> >>stablish that you can't do any backwards engineering, well here is
> >>where this doubt in my mind appears. When you compare this
> >>prohibition and you think of DNA as an open source code to which
> >>they want to do exactly that (backwards engineering), who protects
> >>natures copyright, who collects the royalties for nature.
> and how do we know we didn't just tear open nature's envelope and not
> notice/recognize the DNA licencing agreement? We are probably
> bumbling into illegal territory constantly, completely oblivious to
> the "no trespassing" signs. And those same people who are backwards
> engineering willy nilly will be the first to whine when we get "sued"
> by some higher court.



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Re: Eryk Salvaggio: September 11th, 2001


I tried to email you the over day but it bounced back - could you let me
know whether you got my message or not..I think it was from glitches from
your server.

thanx marc

> > I would appreciate feedback on this piece if anyone would like to
> > provide it. I have mixed
> > emotions concerning it, the way I do with every piece of work, but
> > obviously the subject
> > matter here is potentially larger than maybe I should have attempted to
> > grasp.
> Eryk,
> I really like the work, in the way it abstracts time based imagery and raw
> data listing and recombines them into a recognisable time based work.
> This is my personal view. There is so much hysteria surrounding the events
> of September 11th. I have no desire to be drawn into that hysteria. But,
> from an art/artist perspective:
> .... to connect those images of 9/11/01 to the actual lives that were lost
> I cannot interpret this. What does it mean, 'the actual lives that were
> lost'? I mean, I think we all understand that it was real people with real
> lives that died. But I can't connect that to a huge listing of names.
> not real people, that's about as abstract as it gets. I can't help
> the piece with a sense of 'cor, that's clever, how did he do that' and
> 'look, the 'plane' is made up of Xxxx's name. Does that mean anything?'
> It is not really possible to connect names (which are surely abstract
> symbols) to 'actual' people (and what indeed is an un-actual life?).
> .... this is not intended to be
> a piece of work that you look at on a website and then move on; this is as
> close as I could create, to an online memorial, and I think the people who
> were killed deserve to have this piece looked at with contemplation as
> opposed to blind clicking.
> I do not think you can say that, that you can impose this view on the
> viewer. Honestly, people who are dead do not >deserve< anything. Dead
> are just dead people, there are a hell of a lot of them about. Do you
> think it is your role to create a memorial? And if you do, surely the work
> will stand or fall as that in its own right?
> To sum up, let the work speak for itself. Do not try to protect it by
> building a wall around it. Unless you are a commissioned state sculptor of
> course.
> Lovely piece of work though :)
> Cheers,
> Ivan
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