ruth catlow
Since 2002
Works in London United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BIO
Ruth Catlow was born in London 1968.

Ruth is an artist and co director of furtherfield.org. She works with a range of digital and network media as well as sculpture, writing, music and drawing, exhibiting in the streets and other public spaces, in galleries and on the Internet. Most of the works connect with specific (often unsuspecting) audiences in a specific condition i.e. on their way to work, doing the shopping, taking the kids to school etc. Or they intersect strangely with dominant and pre established genres in the mass media such as pornography on the Internet. In this way Ruth communicates her intimate and often raw perception of the big human subjects of love, sex, community, responsibility and freedom.

'A Diary of Objects in the Streets' is a website which documents the impromptu siting of a series of portable sculptures in public spaces with photographs and diary commentaries. The sculptures, made from materials and objects found in the streets, break with the conventions of interaction in London's public spaces.

Other recent projects explore personal expressions/representations of sexuality both domestic and mythic. They are Domestic Idols (selected by Sarah Cook for Lo-Fi), Mesmerized and Time to Smell the Flowers. Latest projects include a series of short films for the web such as 'Responsibility is yours' featured by Zbooks and 'One Among 400,000' a javascript driven collage of text, image and sound about the protest in London to stop the war against Iraq.

Ruth is co-director of furtherfield.org, formed in partnership with artist, Marc Garrett in 1996 as an alternative platform for the creation, promotion, and archiving of new work for public viewing and interaction. Furtherfield collaborates with independent visual artists, digital/net artists, writers, critical thinkers, musicians and noisemakers with a special focus on work developed and produced outside the recognised institutional support structures (colleges, galleries, corporate and public funding). Furtherfield.org explores new and imaginative strategies for communicating ideas and issues in a range of digital & terrestrial media contexts.

Furtherfield's activities focus on presenting works online and organising global, contributory projects, which exist simultaneously on the Internet, the streets and public venues.
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Re: further question on the "rublinda" correspondance


Hi Michael,
I think it is different. Fragile does not use images of wounded and maimed civilians as a vehicle for sensational effect and ambiguous purpose. The images are very abstracted, we cannot see their faces, this preserves their anonymity. In the process of understanding the work I experience something about some slow and complex questions of representation rather than the quick effects of sensationalism. The pace of the image allows for reflection rather than activating a reflex which closes down thought.
cheers
ruth

Michael Szpakowski wrote:

> I'm interested to know what people make then, of this
> piece by Ivan Pope.
> I'll lay my cards on the table -I think it's good, but
> it seems to me a lot of the "linda/flowers" discussion
> applies here. Does it? Is it different? How? What do
> folk think?
> http://www.ivanpope.com/fragile/index.html
> best
> michael
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Rub Linda the right way and she might show you wonderland


Re 'Jimmy has a hard time shooting flowers'

> Where I do think they score is the way they implicate the viewer in the action of "shooting" or of "touching".
> When I posted that "it chills the blood" is was to this I was referring - even for those of us who are both horrified by and actively organising against the war sometimes a kind of numbness over the casualties can set in -it's something difficult to keep in the front of one's brain.

Yeah I understand what you're saying Michael. I really liked an earlier piece of Joseph and Donna's
http://www.electrichands.com/sketches/cult/ ... in which, after I'd shot down a duck by clicking on it, I purged my violent instincts in an absurdly absorbing ritual with my nose pressed against the screen of my PC monitor. It was my first, and thought provoking, brush with cybershamanism.

However, 'Jimmy has a hard time shooting flowers' works on the idea that if you click your mouse on a piece of netart to see what happens, and Jimmy shoots his gun, that you are guilty of murder just for having the capacity to pull the trigger. The guilt by association is incapacitating, distracting and confusing. This guilt is a virus to many an otherwise informed liberal bold spirited activist. It gets us guilty about the wrong thing. We should not feel guilty for being able to click our mice.....

Joseph wrote:-
>But I think that each individual should also be held responsible for
>falling prey to their own inner weaknesses.
>It would be that sense of individual responsibility that would
>make people think twice before following the propaganda of idiotic leaders.

We should of course 'think twice before following the propaganda of idiotic leaders'- this might make some difference.
But I don't see how getting guilty for Jimmy's actions contributes to this process.

cheers
Ruth

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Re: a small new work


a very welcome invitation,
thanks michael,
good to get a whiff of contemplative spring whilst sitting at my screen.

ruth

Michael Szpakowski wrote:

> new work:
>
> http://www.somedancersandmusicians.com/invitation/invitation_to_a_cherry_blossom_viewing.html
>
> takes a while to get going fully.
> michael
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alijazeera blocked-Rushing past the local news


Rushing past the local news
explores emotion in information, and links to local news around the world.

http://www.furtherfield.org/rcatlow/converse/documents/rushing.htm

ruth
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Michael Szpakowski wrote:

> yep -I tried a whole number of url's and the only one
> which comes up is the russian one.
> Nice to know our rulers have such confidence in the
> freedom of speech they claim to defend.
> michael
> --- "marc.garrett" <marc.garrett@furtherfield.org>
> wrote:
> > Blocked...
> >
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> > http://english.aljazeera.net/
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