Hi Simon,

I'm glad you're enjoying this series of artworks and the societal, social contexts in which they have emerged. It is refreshing just to do something immediate, sensual and resonating at the same time.

It's going to be interesting seeing how it all develops in the near future :-)

Wishing you well.

Marc

On Wed, 14 Apr 2021 at 08:47, Simon Mclennan <mclennanfilm@gmail.com> wrote:
It has been great to see you 
Making these collages Marc!
For me each seems Like a  powerful voodoo talisman,
Fending off the ever encroaching and suffocating
Digital flood that is drowning
Us. Reading your piece on working in a physical medium rings bells for me.
The link to punk is succinctly put. Hearing of your family
And the shared humanity we
Often forget that underpins
Our absurd goings on is a 
Timely reminder, like covid, of ourselves as fleshy vulnerable beings.
Thanks Marc,
Simon 


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On 13 Apr 2021, at 11:49, marc garrett via NetBehaviour <netbehaviour@lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:

Hi Gretta,

>love this one Marc, and have really enjoyed following the progress
>of this series online.

Thanks for your kind and supportive words.

>The post you wrote makes so much sense to me, all of that about your
>mental state dictating that you get away from screens at this time and make
>things with your hands. I’ve been learning so very much these last 12 months
>about how to think with my hands, and the ways and perhaps reasons why I
>didn’t allow myself to do that before.

Thank you, it feels strange and a bit like declaring a secret. And, after so many years engaging with and working in technology it feels a bit like going back home to one's parents cuz the job fell through, or something similar. Of course, this is not true. However, for me, there is a level of returning to a point in time where I left off. There is a feeling of insecurity regarding whether it's relevant at all because it does not reflect elements of the technological medium we've all been exploring through the years. But in one sense, it's a liberation rather than conformity, and being brave to oneself.

>I see some value in the art world’s
>sudden recognition of the importance of digital art work (both culturally
>and, more problematically, financially) but I find myself unable to get into
>the right  frame of mind to be actively involved, despite having made digital
>work for the previous decade plus. Instead, I am one of those (also many!) of
>us who are realising that the primacy of ’thinking’ and intellect is a myth
>and that the fingers and senses have their own powerful ways to discover, to
>innovate, and to know.

Yes, if we consider the pressure to be at the top of one's game with technology as a medium. To be seen as 'special' and worth consideration, top technology and academic relevance gets realised and graded like meat for the market, magazines, curators, galleries;  either through the term of scarcity or as another kind of cultural product. For me, art has always been about liberation, whatever the medium or culture it is part of, or crosses over from.

However, as mentioned in the post, I will take them further. I have also been receiving quite a few requests from people who want to buy them. What I like about this, is that anyone can enjoy them on their own terms. I don't have to spend hours of my time explaining their worth to others.

It's time to love myself more.

Wishing you well.

Marc

On Tue, 13 Apr 2021 at 10:02, Gretta Louw via NetBehaviour <netbehaviour@lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:
I love this one Marc, and have really enjoyed following the progress of this series online. 

The post you wrote makes so much sense to me, all of that about your mental state dictating that you get away from screens at this time and make things with your hands. I’ve been learning so very much these last 12 months about how to think with my hands, and the ways and perhaps reasons why I didn’t allow myself to do that before. I see some value in the art world’s sudden recognition of the importance of digital art work (both culturally and, more problematically, financially) but I find myself unable to get into the right  frame of mind to be actively involved, despite having made digital work for the previous decade plus. Instead, I am one of those (also many!) of us who are realising that the primacy of ’thinking’ and intellect is a myth and that the fingers and senses have their own powerful ways to discover, to innovate, and to know.

Thanks for sharing this and for your words!

Warmly,
Gretta

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On 12. Apr 2021, at 23:08, marc garrett via NetBehaviour <netbehaviour@lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:

The Year of Covid-19, Death and Collages.

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Since the Covid-19 pandemic, I’ve reconnected to my art-making side again. Like many people who have experienced the death of their loved ones and gone through lockdown, things in life feel very different than before the pandemic. This post aims to declare and share a small part of my life that academia and everyday work-life cannot typically compensate for. It’s about my renewed passion for making art and my own life.

https://marcgarrett.org/2021/04/12/the-year-of-covid-19-death-and-collages/
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Dr Marc Garrett

Co-founder & Artistic director of Furtherfield & DECAL Decentralised Arts Lab

Furtherfield disrupts & democratises art and technology through exhibitions, labs & debate, for deep exploration, open tools & free thinking. http://www.furtherfield.org

DECAL Decentralised Arts Lab is an arts, blockchain & web 3.0 technologies research hub for fairer, more dynamic & connected cultural ecologies & economies now. http://decal.is/

Recent publications:

State Machines: Reflections & Actions at the Edge of Digital Citizenship, Finance, & Art. Edited by Yiannis Colakides, Marc Garrett, Inte Gloerich. Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam 2019 http://bit.do/eQgg3

Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain. Eds, Ruth Catlow, Marc Garrett, Nathan Jones, & Sam Skinner. Liverpool Press - http://bit.ly/2x8XlMK
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Dr Marc Garrett

Co-founder & Artistic director of Furtherfield & DECAL Decentralised Arts Lab

Furtherfield disrupts & democratises art and technology through exhibitions, labs & debate, for deep exploration, open tools & free thinking. http://www.furtherfield.org

DECAL Decentralised Arts Lab is an arts, blockchain & web 3.0 technologies research hub for fairer, more dynamic & connected cultural ecologies & economies now. http://decal.is/

Recent publications:

State Machines: Reflections & Actions at the Edge of Digital Citizenship, Finance, & Art. Edited by Yiannis Colakides, Marc Garrett, Inte Gloerich. Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam 2019 http://bit.do/eQgg3

Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain. Eds, Ruth Catlow, Marc Garrett, Nathan Jones, & Sam Skinner. Liverpool Press - http://bit.ly/2x8XlMK