[NetBehaviour] *** SPAM *** Distant, a new Net Art work by Marc Garrett.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu Feb 21 16:32:12 CET 2008
Thank you - It feels good to be back :-)
It's funny, I've been getting a few emails in response to the work and
statement and most of it is quite promising...
>ps For those interested I will try to write a small text about
economie0 next weekend.
Always keen to know & always engaged!
> Please keep us informed Marc,
> I am glad you decided to return
> ps For those interested I will try to write a small text about
> economie0 next weekend.
> On Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 3:40 PM, marc garrett
> <marc.garrett at furtherfield.org> wrote:
>> Distant, a new Net Art work by Marc Garrett.
>> Statement about why I am Making Net Art Once More:
>> I have been going through some changes regarding what type of personal,
>> individual artwork that I wish to explore these days. Even though I am
>> involved in various high-tech projects which are mainly collaborations,
>> that are related to larger projects. I wish to return to making Net Art,
>> reconnect to what has always been my favourite form of creativity and
>> The reasons that I have decided to do this is, because I feel that it is
>> time for me to re-explore what Net Art can really be now, as part of my
>> varied practice. Times have changed, Net Art is dead as far as many
>> others have been concerned, who originally made useful careers in
>> writing about it and becoming 'heroic' artists from it. I intend to
>> rebuild my own practice on an Art that was killed by its own culture.
>> Those who loved it also decided to kill it even though other Net Artists
>> around at that time were still making it, less considered in regard to
>> the repercussions of what it meant to them and culture as a whole. For
>> me, history is really not enough to define a creative culture as
>> magnificent and dynamic as Net Art. It may be fine for those who were
>> represented at that time, but surely there are even moments of doubt, a
>> lingering spectre that says that it all went wrong. I feel that those
>> few who were selected to be part of the (ironic) 'Heroic Period', have
>> limited their own expansion. I know that many who have made Net Art in
>> the past do not wish to be left behind, lost in the history books, as
>> ghosts and may find this interesting themselves, as well as a budding
>> contemporary generation of new Net Artists.
>> Rather than be part of a past mythology, I wish to be part of current
>> reality. I am of course very aware of the contemporary technologies that
>> control the Internet via corporate means, and how the rabid thirst of
>> those who wish to be technologically determined, by this mannerist
>> behaviour, are more interested in being led by others who are not
>> interested in Art, and rather are more interested in being in positions
>> of power over Media Art culture, via creative industry imposed
>> protocols. To me, on the whole it says more about spectacle and how
>> money is dictating people's intentions and causing diversions from
>> seeing what is of value culturally. As far as I am concerned, it is more
>> important to make Art.
>> Perhaps Net Art was destined to die, may be it had to die so that others
>> could explore their own perceptions, reasons and creative voices without
>> the pressure of having to conform to dictates that proposed ideas which
>> in reality meant nothing to many Net Artists out there, other than to
>> those who instigated such power-related gestures in the first place.
>> So, even though I am not expecting any great come back of a new Net Art
>> consciousness from my own future ventures in reclaiming a practice that
>> I believe was killed before its time, mistakenly. I am asking those who
>> had decided to moved away from making Net Art (some of course moved on
>> naturally) to respect my decision in embarking in something that was and
>> is still an expression that I feel offers the world, contemporary
>> experiences and ideas, that are still unique which can be given a second
>> chance by actively and consciously engaging in the now.
>> For me, because there is no longer the hype about a new Internet and
>> because it is a time of trouble in respect of economy depressions around
>> the world, as well as many people only exploring technology for the sake
>> of it, and because we need to be more ecological in our practices. We
>> also need to come to terms in re-evaluating why we are doing what we do
>> now, and how can we reclaim our creative histories and voices in a way
>> that has more meaning, rather than through processes of mechanistic and
>> personality driven motives alone. I want to build something that does
>> not just reflect me being a slave to technology, corporate control and
>> traditional Art world agendas. The Art will have its own voice on its
>> own terms
>> The latest work 'Distant' is not trying to be clever via the technology,
>> it is Art. An object, a contemporary piece that is well aware that it is
>> no longer in fashion. Therefore, it is authentic.
>> marc garrett
>> Other Related News:
>> On the 29th of this month, Ruth Catlow and myself are going on an
>> artists residency at Banff, Canada. Through the whole of the month
>> during March, we will both be collaborating to make new Net Art
>> together. It will include open source and it will involve much coding.
>> As we explore the possibilities of using contemporary resources that can
>> be used for our Net Art practice, we will set up a portal or blog that
>> displays our research as it happens. As well as the Art that we both
>> We are, of course interested to hear from those who are also re-engaging
>> in the making of Net Art, using free software, free media, open source
>> materials as well as their own ideas about it. It is an exciting time
>> for us, what is there to lose but gaining the pleasure of doing what we
>> really want to do:-)
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