Global Concept Exchange – Collaboration & Community

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10.    November 12 – 18: Global Concept Exchange – Collaboration & Community

A dialogue with Furtherfield artist/organizers Marc Garret and Ruth Catlow, based in London, along with artists who are active in their community. Furtherfield is an artist organization that has formed both online and on-site space for internationally connected cultural, activist, educational and media arts production. We will be discussing their work organizing community-based cultural production, as well as their most recent exhibition at the Furtherfield Gallery, WWW: World Wild Web. Participating artists will discuss their collaborative work with Furtherfield, including: peer-to-peer projects, live cyber performance, net art, and forms of social and political activism that engage the Internet. The Global Concept Exchange is intended to explore how contemporary art and other forms of cultural production are created, produced, and presented under the radar of the establishment art world through the collaborative efforts of artist-driven alternative arts organizations.

Guest speakers: Marc Garrett, and Ruth Catlow of Furtherfield, with Annie Abrahams, Helen Varley Jamieson, Nathaniel Stern, and Andy Deck

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Furtherfield is a model for OSS. It is an open source collaborative social experiment in networked art and culture. It is not about the artist as a solitary creator, but rather the artist as part of a larger entity of like-minded individuals pursuing collective experience, the participatory moment, and the social relations inherent in community-based cultural production. These ideas, dramatically put into practice by artists in the 1960s and 70s, is here amplified through the technology and potentiality of tele-communications and global networking.

Marc Garrett is co-director and co-founder, with artist Ruth Catlow of the Internet arts collectives and communities –,,, also co-founder and co-curator/director of the gallery space formerly known as ‘HTTP Gallery’ now called the Furtherfield Gallery in London (Finsbury Park), UK. Co-curating various contemporary Media Arts exhibitions, projects nationally and internationally. Co-editor of ‘Artists Re:Thinking Games’ with Ruth Catlow and Corrado Morgana 2010. Hosted Furtherfield’s critically acclaimed weekly broadcast on UK’s Resonance FM Radio, a series of hour long live interviews with people working at the edge of contemporary practices in art, technology & social change. Currently doing an Art history Phd at the University of London, Birkbeck College. 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) with Heath Bunting on Cybercafe BBS with Our mission is to co-create extraordinary art that connects with contemporary audiences providing innovative, engaging and inclusive digital and physical spaces for appreciating and participating in practices in art, technology and social change. As well as finding alternative ways around already dominating hegemonies, thus claiming for ourselves and our peer networks a culturally aware and critical dialogue beyond traditional hierarchical behaviours. Influenced by situationist theory, fluxus, free and open source culture, and processes of self-education and peer learning, in an art, activist and community context.

Ruth Catlow is an artist and co-founder and co-director of Furtherfield an online community for art, technology and social change and a gallery (formerly HTTP) in the heart of Finsbury Park, North London. She works with artists, curators, musicians, programmers, writers, activists and thinkers from around the world. She is currently developing the artistic programme and organisational infrastructure with a focus on Media Art Ecologies, aspiring to engender shared visions and infrastructures for other possible worlds.Ruth has worked in Higher Education for over 15 years. She is Head of School at Writtle School of Design (WSD) developing Art and Design in land-based contexts. She is working with other disciplines within the college and with local, national and international partners. WSD is in the top four Art and Design institutions nationally- Guardian University Guide 2012. She regularly contributes to publications, books and conferences and has participated in exhibitions at Givon Gallery, Tel Aviv, CCA, Glasgow, The Baltic, Gateshead, Limehouse Town Hall, London as well as galleries in Zagreb, Madrid and Detroit and has work featured on DVblog, the Rhizome Artbase and The Digital Kitchen. She was a recipient of a 2003 Low-fi Net Art Commission. She is adviser to Tiltfactor an independent games production lab that focuses on critical play.

Andy Deck specializes in collaborative processes and electronic media. As a Net artist and software culture jammer, Deck combines code, text, and image, demonstrating patterns of participation and control that distinguish online presence and representation from previous artistic practices. In addition to numerous online exhibitions, his work has appeared in exhibitions like net_condition (ZKM), Unleashed Devices (Watermans Art Centre), and Animations (PS1-MoMA). He is also a co-founder of Transnational Temps, a media arts collective concerned with making Earth Art for the 21st Century.TM After showing in EcoMedia, a ground-breaking series of european exhibitions, Transnational Temps mounted the 2010 oil-related exhibition Spill>>Forward in New York. In 2011 Deck received first prize in the interactive division of the LÚMEN_EX Digital Art Awards. Deck’s work, currently shown by the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Artport and the Tate Online, has been commissioned by these and other prestigious institutions. Deck lives and works in New York City.

Helen Varley Jamieson is a writer, theatre practitioner and digital artist from New Zealand. In 2008 she completed a Master of Arts (research) at Queensland University of Technology (Australia) investigating her practice of cyberformance – live performance on the internet – which she has been developing for over a decade. She is a founding member of the globally-dispersed cyberformance troupe Avatar Body Collision, and the project manager of UpStage, an open source web-based platform for cyberformance. Using UpStage, she has co-curated online festivals involving artists and audiences around the world. Helen is also the “web queen” of the Magdalena Project, an international network of women in contemporary theatre.

Annie Abrahams has a doctorate in biology from the University of Utrecht and a degree from the Academy of Fine Arts of Arnhem. In her work, using video, performance as well as the internet, she questions the possibilities and the limits of communication in general and more specifically investigates its modes under networked conditions. She is an internationally regarded pioneer of networked performance art. Abrahams creates situations meant to reveal messy and sloppy sides of human behaviour, to trap reality and so makes that reality available for thought. She has performed and shown work extensively in France, including at the Pompidou Centre, Paris; the CRAC in Sète; the Paris–Villette theater and in many international galleries and museums including among others The Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb; the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville, North Carolina; the Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castelló, Spain; the New Musem, New York; the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan; Furtherfield gallery (formerly HTTP) in London and NIMk in Amsterdam, and in festivals such as the Moscow Film Festival; the International Film Festival of Rotterdam and the Stuttgarter Filmwinter (1prize 2011), and on online platforms as and Turbulence.

Nathaniel Stern is an experimental installation and video artist, Internet artist, printmaker and writer. He has produced and collaborated on projects ranging from interactive and immersive environments, mixed reality art and online interventions, to digital and traditional printmaking, latex and concrete sculpture – often with kinetic parts. He’s won many awards, fellowships, commissions and residencies between South Africa, America, and all over Europe, and his book, Interactive Art and Embodiment: The Implicit Body as Performance, is due for release in mid-2013. Nathaniel holds a design degree from Cornell University, studio art Masters from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (NYU), and written PhD from Trinity College Dublin. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

WWW: World Wild Web features Paula Crutchlow & Helen Varley Jamieson, Andy Deck, Mary Flanagan, Genetic Moo, Dominic Smith, and Sarah Waterson. To be alive is to be wild. And we humans have a will that shapes the world with language, song, lust, labour and play. And for those of us who connect with it, a network of machines now extends our reach, amplifies our urges and quickens our exchanges. The artists in this exhibition work and play with living organisms and technical things, systems and language, to explore how our relation to the natural world is changing. They introduce us to the unruly life going on in other natural webs of communication, knowledge and feral exchange. Gallery visitors (humans and dogs) are invited to view videos, interact with art installations and social media and undertake walks in the surrounding park with its other animals and edible plants. This exhibition is dedicated to Jay Griffiths, author of WILD: An Elemental Journey (2006).