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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DISCUSSION

Your role in stopping the war against Iraq


Copy of e-mail sent to
helga_benson@bristol-city.gov.uk
dudley_saward@bristol-city.gov.uk

Dear Helga Benson and Dudley Saward,

It has come to my attention that you are in a position to put pressure
on the Labour government (who incidentally, I voted for at the last
election) regarding the coming war in Iraq.
I hear that local elections are immanent in Bristol. If you were to
resign from the Labour government in protest against Mr Blair's
inexplicable support of Mr Bush's unilateral bully boy tactics, you may
have more success in getting the message across to the Prime Minister;
in a way that huge popular protests and polls of public opinion have so
far failed to accomplish.

If Mr Blair has your full support in his current policy, I would be very

grateful if you could explain to me why.
If you would like to know why I think the coming war is unjust,
degrading, damaging, barbaric, a diplomatic catastrophe and economically

counterproductive please do not hesitate to get in touch.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Very best wishes

Ruth Catlow

http://www.furtherfield.org/rcatlow/stop

DISCUSSION

Re: One Day Left- mean mean mean


Hey Meta

I found this mail really quite mean and depressing.

There is always the problem of active, vibrant and timely activity, evolving institutions which then become focussed on the preservations of their own systems and key
players, rather than the relevance and usefullness of their activities. Look at many of our established institutions. From what I've read, it seems that Rhizome may be
approaching this point, but let's give it a chance and some encouragement to evolve in the direction that benefits its members. It may be time for a change of approach
but what is to be accomplished by attacking the people that got it this far? It's not as though our lives depend on it after all.
From my perspective, the fact that Mark and Alex have paid themselves a living wage (so that they can 'live comfortably') is absolutely fair enough. Would you prefer that
they were being paid huge amounts of money by corporate companies to do something socially destructive. The other running cost figures that you quoted, represent to me
evidence of reasonable and efficient organisation. I know that various educational institutions in the UK spend this kind of money on angle poise lamps and paper clips.
At $5 a year, Rhizome, with all its problems, is fantastically good value for money and I don't believe that that anyone who has had access Rhizome through the
internet, either from home, workplace or college is unable to afford the price of 2 pints of beer, once a year.

Of all the things to expend energy complaining about.......!.......!
mean, mean, mean

Ruth Catlow

http://www.furtherfield.org

m e t a wrote:

> At 9:32 AM -0500 1/15/03, Mark Tribe wrote:
>
> >
> >this isn't about profit. it is about survival. rhizome is a nonprofit organization. nobody is getting rich.
>
> 'survival' & 'rich' are relative terms.
>
> you paid yourself $47,260 in 2000
>
> alex galloway was paid $36,692 - and he is listed as a part-time employee.
>
> http://rhizome.org/info/Rhizome_2000_990.pdf
>
> i could live more than comfortably off of your salary, mark.
>
> >that said, you may be right about our policy. maybe we *should* offer free memberships to those whose work is included in the artbase, in digest, etc.
>
> sorry - you *need* to offer much more than that.
>
> everyone who is actively producing the very material whereby you pay yourself $47,260 a year needs to be receiving a share of the wealth.
>
> this includes the regional editors, those who write reviews of festivals and shows and artworks, those whose writings are included in the digest...
>
> and here's a novel concept :
>
> perhaps even the artists - the ones actually producing the stuff that the entire rhizome community supposedly revolves around - could actually see some of that money.
>
> perhaps the money collected from the community
> could actually be put back into the community itself
> in the form of direct financial support for the artists.
>
> perhaps one modest commission a month,
> or a fee for inclusion in the artbase.
>
> ... instead of :
>
> rhizomes office space, - $10,176
> rhizomes travel expenses, - $8,049
> rhizomes office expense, - $8,175
> rhizomes legal fees, - $25,444
> etc.
>
> your .org has become bloated.
>
> you have a number of things generating considerable expense
> that are providing little or no benefit to the majority of the list members.
>
> in addition - you are asking for us to pay for them
> while providing no financial support for those generating the very content
> that IS of benefit to the majority of the list members.
>
> that is not survival, it is exploitation.
>
> sorry - before you receive a dime from me,
> i need to know that my money is going to be spent much more wisely
> and distributed much more fairly.
>
> >i'd be curious to hear from others on this. feel free to email me directly if your membership gets suspended.
>
> cute.
>
> //m
> 127.0.0.1
>
> http://meta.am/
> 216.71.65.73
>
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DISCUSSION

does anyone know of any online Iraqi publication?


Hello

I've been thinking about emotion in information. It's a long story...

This lead me to search for local newspapers from around the world.
Google brings up some online local news for most capital cities around
the world. However I couldn't find any local news for Baghdad. I don't
think it's a language thing because the Riyadh local paper is online.
The only online news that I could find relating to Iraq is US sponsored.

Please does anyone know of any online Iraqi publication produced by
local people in Iraq.

If not, any information or suggestions (technological, social,
political) as to why this is the case?

cheers

Ruth

http://www.furtherfield.org

DISCUSSION

Seasons Greetings


Seasons Greetings to you all!

http://www.furtherfield.org/rcatlow/converse/documents/christmas2.htm
(you might like to crank up the volume for that real Nativity
experience.)

: )

Ruth and Marc x x x

http://www.furtherfield.org

DISCUSSION

Re:RHIZOME_RAW:Remember Crimes


Hi Wally,

> Is there a single artist on this planet that has ever made a piece
>as poignant about the genocide that Russia is meteing out to Chechnya.

check out
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=Chechnya.protest+art

>It would seem to me that that is far worse than anything the USA is
currently
>up to. Why ignore the worst violence in the current world? Why does the

>artistic community turn its face away from this grossly lethal
atrocity?
>Hmmm?

You are addressing this question to a tiny sector of the 'artistic
community'.
Assuming that such work would be documented on the Internet etc. Have
you
thought about that?

Perhaps the reason why us English speakers and other people from
countries in
political alliance with the US, feel that it is more appropriate to
critique and
protest U.S. State violence against civilian populations, historic and
current,
is due to a sense of responsibility. In the same way that human beings
often
feel more of a sense of responsibility and even culpability for the
actions of
their family members and friends. Much more so than with further flung
'tribes'.
There is a long cultural and historical connection between Europe and
the US, an
exchange of elements of culture and social sensibility.

One of the slogans being shouted at the protest to Stop the war against
Iraq,
here in London in September, was 'Not in my name'. As a subject of the
UK, a
firm ally of the US, it is URGENT that I express my opposition to the
dangerous
views of our country's leaders along with the millions of others of the
same
view. Andrej did this by presenting a picture of the consequences of
recent
tendencies and power play of US Foreign Policy. It was a truly local
response.

Do you really think that all criticisms of US foreign policy can be put
down to
faddishness and a need to conform?

All the best

Ruth

furtherfield.org

Wally Keeler wrote:

> > Hi Andrej,
> > Just for the record, publicly - A poignant piece, it paints a
thousand,
> no!
> > a million woes...
> > marc
>
> I agree. Is there a single artist on this planet that has ever made a
piece
> as poignant about the genocide that Russia is meteing out to Chechnya.
It
> would seem to me that that is far worse than anything the USA is
currently
> up to. Why ignore the worst violence in the current world? Why does
the
> artistic community turn its face away from this grossly lethal
atrocity?
> Hmmm?
>
> Well, of course, it pays to conform, to conform to the politically
correct
> way of thinking of the arts community, which is to slag the USA. This
is not
> to say that it should not do such -- but the conformity to do so is
> absolutely overwhelming.
>
> All I have to do is suggest that other nations can also be slagged --
and
> get a load of the rallying, like lemmings, to stand by the USA-bashing

> principle.
>
> > > Dear Keeler,
> > > I see you got much documents about Roma. But that "Yugoslavia"
about
> which
> > > you are talking does not exist any more, many of its parts have
seceded
> in
> > > last ten years. And other fault - there were Roma refugees in the
Kosovo
> > and
> > > Macedonian war, but they were not a result of "Yugoslavian"
politics at
> > all,
> > > but a result of Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army and Macedonian
Albanian
> > > National Army activities, that were fully SUPPORTED, ARMED,
FINANCED,
> > > LOGISTICALLY SUPPORTED by the U. S. A. Yes my dear, you heard
well, if
> you
> > > didn't know. And the result of the same politics are 300.000 Serb
> refugees
> > > from Kosovo too.
> > >
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: "Wally Keeler" <poetburo@sympatico.ca>
> > > To: "Andrej Tisma" <aart@eunet.yu>; <list@rhizome.org>
> > > Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2002 4:29 AM
> > > Subject: Re: RHIZOME_RAW: Remember Crimes
> > >
> > >
> > > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > > From: "Andrej Tisma" <aart@eunet.yu>
> > > > To: "Wally Keeler" <poetburo@sympatico.ca>
> > > > > Dear Wally Keeler,
> > > > > I'll be glad to produce such work if you could hand me some
> > > documentation
> > > > > regarding your statement. Since I live here I can't see those
> > things...
> > > >
> > > > The Roma Refugees of Kosovo
> > > >
> > > > Text by Owen Durkin
> > > > Photographs by Asmet Elezovski
> > > >
> > > > A flood of refugees has been entering Macedonia since late
March
> 1999;
> > > > many are ethnic Albanians from Kosovo, but some are Roma from
Kosovo,
> > yet
> > > > other Roma are from Serbia. Kumanovo, Macedonia is near the
Serbian
> > border
> > > > and has received many people from Serbia who have fled the NATO
> bombing,
> > > or
> > > > the conflict on the ground. There are also Roma fleeing ethnic
> hostility
> > > > directed at them in Albania. Those identified as coming from
Kosovo
> are
> > > > accepted as "refugees" by the Macedonian government and the
UNHCR; the
> > > > others are "guests" or "tourists". The distinction is critical:
a
> > refugee
> > > > has the right to remain in the country, receive medical
treatment and
> > > > humanitarian aid, and also the right to emigrate to another
country.
> > > Shabani
> > > > is a Rom from Kosovo who has been registered in Kumanovo as a
refugee,
> > but
> > > > he was told by Stenkovec authorities that one has to be Albanian
or
> very
> > > > rich to emigrate to another country; appeals to the UNHCR have
been
> > > > fruitless. Some Roma refugees head into the refugee camps;
others seek
> > > > billet accommodation with Roma families living in the area.
> > > > The members of the Roma Community Centre "DROM" Kumanovo have
been
> > > > labouring to assist Roma refugees in the camps and in private
homes,
> > > > providing food, medical assistance, accommodation and other aid.
The
> > > > Macedonian Roma families who are hosting Roma refugees are not
> wealthy;
> > > they
> > > > need assistance to provide food, medicine, clothing and bedding.
In
> some
> > > > cases Roma have experienced discrimination or rejection by aid
> > > organisation
> > > > staff workers perceiving Roma as allied with the Serbians. DROM
has
> > drawn
> > > > heavily on its own funds to assist Roma and has worked with
other
> local
> > > Roma
> > > > organisations to distribute aid consignments from the Soros Roma

> > > > Participation Project and Karitas Essen. This work has
necessitated
> > paying
> > > > transport costs for the consignments, hiring a truck to
distribute the
> > > aid,
> > > > and having volunteers work from early morning to midnight. The
stress
> on
> > > > volunteers includes risk of ethnic disputes, particularly when
> > objections
> > > > have been raised by Albanian refugees to Roma receiving aid.
Some
> > > volunteers
> > > > resigned following such an incident. There are large crowds of
Roma
> > > outside
> > > > the DROM centre every day.
> > > >
> > > > While this is going on, DROM volunteer workers have to cope
with
> > visits
> > > > from representatives of non-government organisations and
enquiries
> from
> > > > foreign media. Situation reports are translated into four
languages,
> and
> > > > daily news releases are provided to RomNews
<http://www.romnews.com>.
> > > There
> > > > are also conferences and meetings with other organisations for
> planning
> > > and
> > > > coordination. Submissions have to be prepared for improved
social
> > welfare
> > > > from the government.
> > > >
> > > > DROM has invested particular energy in fostering and
preserving good
> > > > ethnic relations. Normal tensions are inflamed by the stress of
war,
> and
> > > > small incidents can easily trigger nasty mob reactions. For this

> reason
> > > Roma
> > > > seek help from Roma families and from DROM and other Romani
> > organisations.
> > > >
> > > > DROM has received several donations from individuals in
England and
> > the
> > > > USA, and help from a Romani organization in Australia. These
funds are
> > > > greatly appreciated but will soon be exhausted helping needy
families.
> > The
> > > > annual budget DROM receives from the Soros Roma Participation
Project
> is
> > > > almost depleted. They may soon run out of the resources needed
to
> > continue
> > > > helping Roma refugees if more donations are not received soon.
> Donations
> > > can
> > > > be sent to the DROM bank account:
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Stopanska Banka a.d.-Skopje
> > > > SWIFT:STOB MK 2X
> > > > Bank account: 40100-623-79
> > > > ZPP-Kumanovo- 40900-678-6121
> > > > Mailing Address:
> > > > Roma Community Centre "DROM" Kumanovo
> > > > Lokalitet serava prizemje 7a, 91300 Kumanovo
> > > > MACEDONIA
> > > >
> > > > Tel/Fax: +(389) 90127558
> > > > Asmet Elezovski, e-mail: drom@romanationalcongress.org
> > > >
> > > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
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