[NetBehaviour] *** SPAM *** Distant, a new Net Art work by Marc Garrett.

Ruth Catlow ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org
Fri Feb 22 11:13:12 CET 2008

Hi Annie,
looking forward to reading your perspective on economie0
: )


On 21 Feb 2008, at 15:14, aabrahams wrote:

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.
>  Distant:
>  http://www.furtherfield.org/mgarrett/distant/
>  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
>  expression.
>  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  others have been concerned, who originally made useful careers in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
>  create.
>  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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