Ruth Catlow – Co-Founder & Co-Director
Ruth is an artist, curator, writer and educator. In 1996 she emptied her studio, 'gifted' her sculptures to public space and turned to the Internet as a medium of connection, openness, exchange and activism. In 1997 she co-founded Furtherfield with Marc Garrett. She is responsible for Furtherfield's organisational and artistic programme development with a focus on Media Art Ecologies. She co-curates exhibitions and directs artistic, participatory and technical projects. Ruth is an internationally exhibited artist and regularly contributes to publications, books and conferences. http://ruthcatlow.net
Marc Garrett – Co-Founder & Co-Director
Marc is an artist, curator, writer, activist, educator and musician. Emerging in the late 80s, early nineties using agit-art tactics from the streets, exploring creativity via unofficial, experimental art platforms such as pirate radio and digital bulletin boards (BBS). Dedicated to exploring arts and various forms of social & technological hacking. Marc hosts a weekly radio show for Furtherfield on Resonance FM and is principle editor, coordinating the team of writers in their review of contemporary media art and cultural context on the Internet. He has written and co-edited various publications on the subject of media art such as the popular Artists Re: Thinking Games. He co-curates exhibitions and residencies, is moderator for the Netbehaviour email list and oversees online marketing. Marc is currently studying his PhD at Birkbeck University on the theme of Art, Technology and Social Change.
Rob Myers – Guest Commissioning Editor
Rob Myers is an artist, hacker and writer from the UK now based in Vancouver, Canada. He has been combining remix culture and arts computing since the early 1990s. He was a student and a tutor at the Centre For Electronic Art, Middlesex University. As a proponent of free culture and free software he is a member of the GNU Network Services Project, and held the world's first solo all-copyleft art show. His recent work includes 3D printing, data visualization, and cryptocurrency-related issues. Rob has worked as co-editor at Furtherfield since 2010 and he seeks out critical practice in these fields for analysis and review.
Olga Panades Massanet – Outreach artist
Olga is a media artist and researcher working as co-editor on the Furtherfield website and developing and delivering workshops for the Zero Dollar Laptop project and Furtherfield's Outreach programme. Olga is currently pursuing a practice-based PhD at Goldsmiths. Her research project looks into assemblages of sunlight, human bodies and machines. She is particularly interested on subtle modes of communication across bodies of radically different nature. She looks at the ways in which electronic circuits, computational systems, endocrine processes and neurological happenings intermingle. The tools she develops are speculations about the undercurrents of body communication.
Thea Behrman – Fundraiser
Thea is a fundraiser, marketer, arts mentor and musician. Thea has a background in marketing within the arts, social enterprise, regeneration and commercial sectors. She has developed strategies for projects and organisations including the Folkestone Triennial and Creative Foundation arts regeneration programmes. While working at Coin Street Community Builders, Thea delivered strategies for a broad range of programmes including exhibitions and events at Oxo Tower Wharf, Gabriel's Wharf and the Coin Street Festival, as well as community activities and supporting emerging social enterprises through mentoring and training. Thea has also worked for the London Symphony Orchestra developing community marketing for the launch of the music education centre LSO St Luke's.
Tim Waterman – Research Associate (Landscape & Commons)
Tim Waterman is a landscape architect, urbanist, writer, editor, lecturer, and speaker. His research focuses on the relationship between people and place that constructs landscape, from the ecological to the sociocultural. Of particular interest are explorations of power and democracy and their shaping of public space and public life; taste, etiquette, belief and ritual; and foodways in community and civic life and landscape. At Furtherfield, Tim facilitates research and events at the intersection of the physical and the digital commons and how art practice can shape the construction of empowering space, both real and virtual.
Rich White – Gallery & Commons Technician
Rich primarily works in location-speciﬁc installation using found materials. His key interests include space and architecture and its sociological implications, plus the use of simple or everyday materials and systems to produce evocative forms. He also produces photographic, book and digital media works.
He graduated with a degree in sculpture from the University of Gloucestershire in 1998 and has been exhibiting regularly ever since. He has shown extensively across the UK and mainland Europe. At Furtherfield he is responsible for supervising the gallery at weekends and supporting technical installations of exhibitions and live events.
Alessandra (Ale) Scapin – Producer
Alessandra is an art producer and project manager currently based in Palma de Mallorca (ES). She has a broad knowledge of the arts and cultural sector in London gained through her employment at Furtherfield (Producer & Coordinator from 2008-2014), Invisible Dust (Producer), Arts Council England (Visual Arts, Advocacy & Comms and Arts Strategy) and through her MA in Arts Policy and Management (Curating) at Birkbeck University, London. Her final dissertation project looked at the relationship between media art and leading arts institutions in London (Tate, Science Museum, and The ICA in particular) and the provision and visibility of media art in the capital. At Furtherfield Ale managed the production and delivery of the gallery and touring programme and the overall artistic programme, as well as contributing to organisational development and fundraising work. She also coordinated the administration and financial management of the organisation. She continues collaborating with Furtherfield on a freelance basis.
Michael Szpakowski – Outreach Delivery
Michael is an artist, composer and film-maker who devises and facilitates many of our Outreach projects with young people. Participants create films, games and performances that explore the tools and processes of co-co-creation in a digitally connected world. The work engages young people, meeting them where they are in a constructive, imaginative and inclusive way. With DVcam in hand he finds poetry in the everyday, music in a London pavement and if called upon could find a way to inspire the imaginations of curbstones with his enthusiasm, experience and skill-sharing abilities.
Mandy Berry, Joint Chief Executive, Golant
Mandy has wide experience of the creative and cultural industries and a track record of
initiating, developing and leading projects exploring new thinking in digital media.
At Golant, Mandy builds strategic partnerships with a wide range of businesses, public
bodies and social enterprises. She leads Golant’s public affairs and policy work regionally
and nationally and the sharing of learnings from its portfolio of near market research.
Prior to Golant, Mandy founded 01zero-one in Soho, a space for collaboration between the
converging sectors of the audiovisual and interactive digital media industries. Mandy co-led the UK National Commission for UNESCO’s work on digital media literacy from 2009 to 2011.
Rob Myers, Artist, Hacker and Writer
Rob is an artist, hacker and writer from the UK now based in Vancouver, Canada. He has been combining remix culture and arts computing since the early 1990s. He was a student and a tutor at the Centre For Electronic Art, Middlesex University. As a proponent of free culture and free software he is a member of the GNU Network Services Project, and held the world's first solo all-copyleft art
show. His recent work includes 3D printing, data visualization, and cryptocurrency-related issues. At Furtherfield he seeks out critical practice in these fields for analysis and review.
Elena Pippou, Haringey Cultural Officer
Gini Simpson is a freelance development consultant, and was most recently Head of Learning and Participation at the Barbican where she shaped and delivered new approaches to engagement with the arts, involving people of all ages across a diverse range of styles, genres and disciplines. Previously, Gini managed Business Development for the Creative Industries at Queen Mary University of London's Innovation Unit, developing strategic planning around art and culture and promoting the University's Knowledge Exchange agenda. From 2003-08, Gini was Head of Media Arts at SPACE in Hackney, an art/technology unit. Previous to this she worked for advertising agency BMP DDB (Interactive) as Design Director. She worked in interactive television during its inception and on some of the first on-line galleries in New York City. Gini is a trained artist and has exhibited internationally. She worked in Shoreditch in the early 90s, curating and producing Live Art in emergent venues. Gini is interested in Civil Rights activism, and works as part of Mental Health Civil Rights Movements as often as she can.
Victoria Tate, Arts Advisor and Entrepreneur
Victoria is an entrepreneur who works with arts and not-for-profit organisations to advise and train them in all aspects of building their profile, building networks and managing their business. She founded the communications consultancy, Open Road, in 2007 and sold her stake in the business in early 2014 to reputation agency, Blue Rubicon. She has worked with large corporate and public sector clients on a range of projects including lobbying governments, employee branding and campaigning through the media. Passionate about building the profile and increasing access to performance and visual arts Victoria has worked as a mentor and Board Member with various organisations including LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) and the childrens’ charity, Kids’ City.
Jason Tong, Borough Manager (Hammersmith and Fulham) at Healthwatch
Lauren A Wright, Curator, Artistic Director and Curator at Biennial of the Americas
Lauren is a researcher, curator, writer, and lecturer. She recently completed a PhD at the London Consortium on spectatorship and duration in art. From 2006-2010 she was Furtherfield Assistant Director contributing to strategic planning, and organisational and artistic programme development. 2007-10 Lauren worked as a Sessional Lecturer and Academic Advisor on the MA in Arts Policy and Management at Birkbeck, University of London. She is currently working as Curator at Turner Contemporary, Margate, and remains involved in Furtherfield activities and projects in her role as advisory board co-chair.
People who, through their grafting, have at some time and in some way contributed to Furtherfield's current condition.
Atty (Andy Forbes) – Programmer/Head Gardener
Atty was responsible for knocking the Furtherfield and Furthernoise sites into neat rows in the French ornamental style (well, actually putting everything into a database). Furtherfield reaped the benefit of this work between 2007 and 2009. Atty has long history of involvement with digital and networked art as founder of http://www.net-art.ws, as a member of the 'net.art' hell collective and organizer of open_digi events in South London.
Matt Catlow – Web Designer (2001-03)
Matt is a musician and web designer and was responsible for instigating many a Furtherfield fry-up at the local greasy spoon (we just can't give ourselves permission now!). He ensured the smooth running of all associated sites within the bosom of the Furtherfield Neighbourhood as well as designing sites for Furtherfield artists. As well as continuing to make and perform music he now delivers creative tech projects at St Mungo's Bridge Training centre.
Stephanie Delcroix – PR & Publicity (2006-07)
Stephanie, worked with Furtherfield on the PR and publicity for online and HTTP Gallery events Developing mailing lists and working with designers on preview cards, publicity materials and press releases and generally overseeing a marked step-up in the press coverage for our activities. She has now gone on to develop the digital archive at ArtAngel.
Aileen Derieg – Blog Editor
Born in Tucson, Arizona, USA, Aileen studied theology at the University of San Francisco and the University of Innsbruck. She lives in Linz since 1985 and works as a translator with an emphasis on contemporary art and new media. Aileen ran the Furtherfield practice blog between 2007-12.
Adrian Eaton – Computer Programmer & Application Developer (2004-07)
The programming for the Furtherfield website was developed by Adrian using PHP & MYSQL. It comprised a dynamic content management system, ensuring that curators, artists and editors were able to update content and converse through the site. It introduced a new level of interactivity for all visitors to the site through the 'Public Broadcast' and 'comments' facility.
Rachel Falconer – Co-Editor
Rachel is a writer, curator and producer. Having worked in the advertising industry on viral ad campaigns, her research and practice focus on the intersections between networked behaviour and contemporary art. As part of her on-going research and practice engaging with networked pathologies, she curated the first Speed Show in London which took place at Living Space, a community learning centre in Waterloo, and is committed to Furtherfield’s expansive approach towards technology and social change. She studied Fine Art at Byam Shaw, Industrial Design at UCL and Il Politecnico di Milano and holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art. Rachel has written for a number of publications on the subject of the politics of distributed information and contemporary art. She contributed to Furtherfield’s website working with Marc Garrett to coordinate the team of writers who feed the discourse around contemporary media art and the cultural ecologies of technology and the Internet that Furtherfield actively generates.
Charlotte Frost – Associate Context Editor
For over eight years, Dr Charlotte Frost has been engaged in researching the network of historical, critical and cultural discourse representative of Furtherfield's practice. She supports a variety of Furtherfield projects in their conception, as well as producing relevant and accessible contextual material - such as writing articles, conducting interviews, and presenting on the Furtherfield.org radio show - to support and develop wider audience engagement with Furtherfield's work. Her PhD thesis (Internet Art History 2.0), and related academic essays, have strongly relied upon a number of Furtherfield projects (including VisitorsStudio, DIWO and Zero Dollar Laptop) to demonstrate an emergent, alternative realm of critical enquiry operative at the intersection of arts and technology.
Pete Gomes – Outreach Delivery
Pete is a Film Director and Artist working across all forms of moving image and electronic media. The film and video works cover varied styles and genres using music, documentary, experimental, and narrative techniques. His works have been shown across Europe, India, Russia, Tasmania, Iceland, South America and USA, including: Tate Modern, Tate Britain, ICA, Whitechapel Gallery, Architecture Foundation, Gimpel Fils, Barcelona Centre for Contemporary Culture, Stedelijk Museum, Vienna Museum of Contemporary Art, Leeds International Film Festival, Sonar and others. At Furtherfield he devises and facilitates our Outreach projects with young people.
Zara Hughes – Web Admin & Technical Developer (2005-07)
Zara was web administrator and technical developer for Furtherfield. Responsible for maintaining, updating and developing web-based Furtherfield and their neighbourhood of projects. Zara could usually be found blissfully working away, purring behind her laptop along with Bela and Bobby the Furtherfield resident cats.
Neil Jenkins – Technical Director for Projects
Neil is an artist, curator and programmer who works with networked technology as a focus point for [live] creative discourse, production and events. Neil has ongoing input into the development, design and programming of key Furtherfield projects such as VisitorsStudio and Rosalind. He also worked closely with Roger Mills of Furthernoise developing the artistic programme for VisitorsStudio.
Tom Keene – Outreach Delivery
Tom is a media artist whose work explores the power dynamics of communications technologies. His multi-disciplinary work has investigated a diverse range of technological and communications
systems such as robotics, speech and facial recognition, bacterial communication, network programming, biological-sensors and street signage. He builds, programmes and devises techniques and contraptions as means to explore how technological systems shape the social world that we live in. Often working in a participatory arts context, he collaborates with a broad range of people with all levels of technological understanding that include scientists, the homeless, historians, the elderly, ethicists, artists, engineers, refugees, teenagers outside of education, adults and children.
Jade King – Administrator (2004-05)
Jade created reassuring order in the sea of Furtherfield office chaos. She is now developing her skills as a web designer and digital artist.
Alessandra Marconi – Research Associate
Alessandra is a researcher, who recently completed an MA in Arts Management at the University of Bologna, Italy. Her final dissertation project investigates the development of alternative business models for the cultural sector and of new forms of collaboration between arts organisations made possible through the digitalisation of culture. As Research Associate at Furtherfield, she explored possible business development opportunities for the organisation. In Italy she is one of the founding members of Scoop, a non-profit cultural organization, which aims to promote innovation at the intersection between art and technology.
Graziano Milano – Project Developer for VisitorsStudio (2005-07)
Graziano is an artist and creative producer with extensive experience in participatory and collaborative projects. He is involved in the production of creative social-cultural experiments and pilots through innovative use of live streaming broadcast technologies. Graziano was responsible for the development of a series of live events and projects within VisitorsStudio.
Roger Mills – Furthernoise Director & Editor
Roger is a musician and sound artist. He was the resident curator and editor at Furthernoise for explorations in networked and digital sound. Roger coordinated the activities Furthernoise's own crew of musicians, reviewers and grafters. He has written and produced albums, designed sound for performance, dance and video. He has also contributed to locative media research projects in GPS, ultra sound and spatialised audio fr multi-screen cinema at Bristol University.
Corrado Morgana – Game Art Curator
Corrado is a researcher, media artist, curator and electronic musician. Working with HTTP Gallery he co-curated two exhibitions about game art, Zero Gamer and Game-Play, a national touring exhibition and co-edited Artists Re:thinking Games (Furtherfield, FACT, 2009). He has been involved in various projects including Node.London, and OpenCongress and has exhibited video work and performed live electronica at international venues. Corrado is currently teaching Computer Games Design at University of Wales, Newport. He is also a part-time research student at University of the Arts London, but most importantly, is an incorrigible gamer!
Giles Pender – Office & Gallery Technician
Giles tended the Furtherfield office network and was responsible for supporting technical installations of exhibitions and live events. He is yet to be beaten by the most obscure technical instruction manuals. He is happiest recycling, reusing, dismantling and cross-breeding machines and messing with the mind & matter of all computer operating systems.
Daniel Perez – Web Developer
Daniel is a Web Developers who recently graduated from Greenwich University where he completed a BEng Degree in Computer Systems & Software Engineering. Daniel joined the Furtherfield team through a FJF government scheme. He worked on the implementation and development of the new website using Drupal, a FOSS content management system.
Paul Squires, Managing Director, Perini (Chair)
Paul is the Managing Director of Perini, an integrated digital business based in Oxford. It comprises of three brands, Imperica (a magazine covering new thinking in creative disciplines); Perera (an open digital creative agency); and Xpeso (an online display advertising solution for publishers). Perini's founding principles include a commitment to openness and Open Source, an unrelenting commitment to quality, and a strong, responsible commitment to environmental protection in the company's activities.
Chardine Taylor-Stone – Marketing Officer
Chardine from London via the Midlands and back again worked on building Furtherfield marketing strategy, sending press releases and working on the newsletter. Coming from a fashion background she is a costume designer and personal stylist amongst other things as well as a club promoter. She collects old soul records DJes around the UK and Europe and is currenly studying at Birkbeck University for her BA in Arts and Humanities.
U-Sun – Web Admin Sysop (2005)
U-Sun was the Sysop for Furtherfield and Netbehaviour. She continues to traverse the fields of performance, interactivity, and audio-visual composition. She creates instruments, objects and operations in producing opensource 3d generations and micro glitch assemblages from feedback systems.
Vincent Van Uffelen – Web Developer
Vincent is an artist and digital craftsman who exhibited his work in the UK and abroad. He studied computer science, media studies, and cultural studies and gained thereby a sound theoretical foundation that supports now his critical research of the murky entanglement of media, computation, and matter. At present he creates devices to act in the physical domain, probes that reveal, things that meddle with communication processes, as well as objects that provoke thoughts. At Furtherfield he developed and implemented the new website using Drupal, a FOSS content management system.
Maria Yarjah – Technical Producer
Maria worked on editing several trailers, in preparation of creating Furtherfield’s very own iPhone application. From a strong film/television production background, she graduated from a BA Hons Media and Performance degree from Salford University. When the Tech Producer gloves are removed, Maria is an actress and can be found performing in theatres home and abroad.
Mary Helen Young – Fundraising
Mary Helen is an arts professional with eight years experience in event and project management. She has held positions with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, working on projects with the Cultural Leadership Programme, La Maison Francaise, The Brubeck Institute, Quebec government office, Francophonie Festival, Alliance Francaise, the Venezuelan Embassy, National Museum of the American Indian, Japan Information and Culture Center, and the Russian Embassy. She holds a MA in Cultural Policy and Management from City University London, and a BMus Hons from Vanderbilt University. Mary Helen's MA dissertation focused on London drum circles and informal creative collaboration.
Chris Webb – Technical Director & Designer (2004-5)
Chris, artist and website designer worked with Adrian Eaton as lead designer on the Furtherfield web site (and sister-sites) to ensure their general sparkle and usability. He tended to Furtherfield's digital gardens, landscaping selected artists, providing vital nutrients to helping plants grow, keeping an eye on the weeds, mowing the lawn and making sure that the gardening tools are given back to the neighbours. He and Adrian now run their own company Paperheads.
Furtherfield is built by all the many people who give their skills, experience and time to create the online and physical space and community. They contribute as artists, coders, reviewers and participants in the Netbehaviour email list. Explore the Furtherfield site to discover their contributions.