marc garrett
Since the beginning
Works in London United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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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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The Absurdity of Art Speak, Art Worlds, and what we can learn from Big Data


The Absurdity of Art Speak, Art Worlds, and what we can learn from Big Data.

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Annet Decker interviews Jonas Lund whose practice revolves around the mechanisms that constitute contemporary art production, its market & the established 'art worlds'. Using a wide variety of media, combining software-based works with performance, installation, video, photography and sculptures, he produces works that have an underlying foundation in writing code. By approaching art world systems from a programmatic point of view, the work engages through a criticality largely informed by algorithms and 'big data'.

http://www.furtherfield.org/features/absurdity-art-speak-art-worlds-and-what-we-can-learn-big-data

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Review of Thomson & Craighead’s book 'Flat Earth'


Review of Thomson & Craighead’s book 'Flat Earth'.

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Marc Garrett reviews Thomson & Craighead's recent book ‘Flat Earth’ edited by Sarah Cook published as part of two solo exhibitions. The first, Not even the sky at MEWO Kunsthalle, Memmingen, Germany from 26 October 2013 – 6 January 2014 and the second Maps DNA and Spam at Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland from 18 January - 16 March 2014. The book contains a foreword by Axel Lapp, essays by Dundee Fellow Sarah Cook and DCA Director Clive Gillman as well as an interview with the artists by Steve Rushton.

"Thomson & Craighead provide parallel insights through their artwork into the protocols and technical procedures governing the functions of networks. However, human existence and human experience has a relationship with these networks and, out of millions of interactions, evolves not metaphors but fragmented symbolisms and stories. These are telling us about a networked society's gaze at its mediated self. And this is where art can play a special role in critiquing, communicating and sharing the nuances of this emerging multitude." Garrett.

http://www.furtherfield.org/features/reviews/review-thomson-craighead%E2%80%99s-book-flat-earth

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Vampire Digital Art


Vampire Digital Art

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New article on Furtherfield by Rob Myers.

Building on science fiction author Charles Stross's vision of a future of weaponized eBooks, Rob Myers considers how artists can use the strategies of malware to make art that really grabs the attention of the public and the market, and how much it will cost to make.

In "How Readers Will Discover Books In Future", science fiction author Charles Stross envisions a future in which weaponized eBooks demand your attention by copying themselves onto your mobile devices, wiping out the competition, and locking up the user interface until you've read them.

This is only just science fiction. Even the earliest viruses often displayed messages and malware that denies access to your data until you pay to decrypt it already exist. ePub ebooks can execute arbitrary JavaScript, and PDF documents can execute arbitrary shell scripts. Compromised PDFs have been found in the wild. Stross's weaponized ebooks are not more than one step ahead of this.

http://www.furtherfield.org/features/articles/vampire-digital-art

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Are We Human or Resistor? Ryan Jordan & Jonathan Kemp's "Psychotronic Reactor" at Reactor Halls


Are We Human or Resistor? Ryan Jordan & Jonathan Kemp's "Psychotronic Reactor" at Reactor Halls.

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Nathan Jones has his head bent by an evening of psychogeophysics and laboratory manufactured noise at Reactor Halls E09: Psychotronic Reactors, by Ryan Jordan & Jonathan Kemp, at Reactor's new space in Primary, Nottingham.

“The background reading on psychogeophysics is rich with conceptual freakery, based on the application of experimental conditions to pick up signals and messages from the spiritual other - such as the notorious Electronic Voice Phenomena experiments of Konstantin Raudive, which reportedly discerned the voices of the dead in electronic noise. The term psychogeophysics itself is a half-tongue-in-cheek addition to the always-already-playful ‘psychogeography’ adding to concerns with the summative effects of environment and mind on arts practice, with a pataphysical enquiry into the earth’s wave-spectrum effects as they impact on consciousness.”

http://www.furtherfield.org/features/reviews/are-we-human-or-resistor-ryan-jordan-jonathan-kemps-psychotronic-reactor-reactor-ha

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Ordinaryism: An Alternative to Accelerationism. Part 1 - Thanks for Nothing


Ordinaryism: An Alternative to Accelerationism. Part 1 - Thanks for Nothing.

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Robert Jackson journeys into the realms of Accelerationism and Ordinaryism. Accelerationism has achieved potency by merging Enlightenment principles within the guise of complex systems and networked protocols. Ordinaryism proceeds in the same question in its own framework: the question of the everyday within automated systems. We might indeed change the world, but in most cases, it feels like the ordinary changes us.

http://www.furtherfield.org/features/articles/ordinaryism-alternative-accelerationism-part-1-thanks-nothing