Net art, critical text & creative freedom
Second Research Salon with Furtherfield.org artists
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.
On August 3rd 2005, the second iRES Research Salon will feature Ruth Catlow
and Marc Garret of Furtherfield. Invited by iRES Cluster Leader Kate Southworth,
they will discuss their individual art practice in relation to Furtherfield.org
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.
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'.
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'.