Net art, critical text & creative freedom
3rd August 2005
The second iRes Research Salon featured
Ruth Catlow and Marc Garret of Furtherfield.org. Invited by iRes
Cluster Leader Kate Southworth, they discussed their individual
art practice in relation to Furtherfield.org
Furtherfield.org is an online platform for the creation, promotion, and criticism
of adventurous digital/net art work for public viewing, experience and interaction.
It was founded by two artists Ruth Catlow and Marc Garret as a non profit organization
with the aim of developing a sustainable model for the promotion and support
of networked and distributed creativity.
Ruth works with people, digital and network media, sculpture, writing, music
and drawing; in the streets & other public spaces and on the Internet.
Most intuitive with dirty hands, she dreams of a day when she will be able
to connect to the global digital community via the Internet whilst dancing
in the garden, but is resolved not to let the fantasies about tomorrow's technology
distract her from the experience, reflection and expression, of the big human
subjects of love, sex, community, responsibility and freedom.
The work usually connects with specific (often unsuspecting)
groups of people in a distinct condition or environment i.e.
on their way to work, doing the shopping, taking the kids to
school, playing games etc. Or they intersect strangely with dominant
and pre-established entertainment genres in the mass media such
as games or pornography on the web.
Ruth is currently Associate Senior lecturer in Constructed and
Virtual Environments at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication,
Marc Garrett is an Internet artist, writer, street artist, activist,
curator, educationalist and musician. In a constant state of
being renascent. He share's no allegiance to any one form of
art or expression. 'For me, art, or rather creativity, is an
intuitive strategy that involves learning, questioning, progressive
thought and putting playful explorations into action'.
Emerging in the late 80's from the streets exploring creativity via agit-art
tactics, Marc declares his own and humanity's seemingly perpetual dysfunction.
Consciously using unofficial platforms such as the streets, pirate radio, net
broadcasts, BBS systems, performance, intervention, events, pamphlets, warehouses
and gallery spaces. In the early nineties he was co-sysop with Heath Bunting
for Cybercafe BBS.
Marc Garrett has embarked on many projects involving various
communities internationally and locally. Has published many articles
on the net, in the press, as well as various agit-punk stories.
Also more recently has been Making waves with the Internet based
electro-punk band 'Ouch! Those monkeys'.