LOCAL PLAY is a free and open, event-based and online art project that lets the public build a collaborative platform game about their hometown led by artists Ruth Catlow (Furtherfield) and Dr Mary Flanagan (Tiltfactor). In the first project levels of a platform game are to be created by local citizens of Southend-on-Sea to reflect their imaginings, hopes and needs among their own communities.
A short film by Marc Garrett and Ruth Catlow A dirty protest against the forces of neoliberalism in the incestuous worlds of 'high' art and mass media; featuring BBC coverage of Frieze Art Fair and The Guardian's promotion of Charles Saatchi.
Featured as part of Net Video, Black Box at Givon Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, January 2012
Landscape drawings, photographs and video made in the New Forest, UK. "I incorporated the process of drawing - which it turns out is a conversation between eye, hand, playfulness, imagination, ego, memories, theories and stories of other scenes, natural and created (drawn, painted, photographed), along with the material stuff of the landscape itself- extending drawing into action, arrangement, evocation and performance."
A short film by Marc Garrett and Ruth Catlow. "They ritually burn a copy of the evil Murdoch’s UK organ The Sun & accompany this with music both apposite and well executed...it is utterly alive...a practical demonstration of how political art doesn’t have to be dour or ploddingly earnest and indeed can summon a visceral beauty.
In this essay Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett set out to show how the collaborative networked practices of the DIWO (Do It With Others) series of Email Art and co-curation projects (since 2007) underpinned the development of a series of projects, exhibitions and interventions that formed Furtherfield's Media Art Ecologies programme (since 2009) to explore what form an ecological art might take in the network age.
Ruth Catlow and Michael Szpakowski write here as teachers in the Art and Design degrees at Writtle School of Design. They speak passionately about the role of drawing in what it is to be human. There is, they say, "no known human culture that has not made representational and other marks with something, on something, for both fun and survival". They assert the value of drawing studies and advocate a model for education based on peer-learning where teachers and students engage side by side in a process of exchange.
The insights of American anarchist ecologist Murray Bookchin, into environmental crisis, hinge on a social conception of ecology that problematises the role of domination in culture. His ideas become increasingly relevant to those working with digital technologies in the post-industrial information age, as big business daily develops new tools and techniques to exploit our sociality across high-speed networks (digital and physical).
Is it possible to develop artistic projects that not only change the way we see and use technology but also affect real social change at the same time? Ruth Catlow introduces the Zero Dollar Laptop project and proposes that this might just be possible.
Annie Abrahams creates an Internet of feeling - of agitation, collusion, ardour and apprehension. This exhibition at HTTP Gallery presents three new collaborative works alongside documentation of recent networked performances created and curated by the artist.
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