Marc Garrett from Furtherfield.org interviewed by Art Is Open Source.
"His interview is an incredible text that shows more than “art”, accessing dimensions that show how new practices can create a physical and networked-to-a-human-scale critique to the world that is around us. A use of networking that is centered on human beings that need/want to act/react. A form of life. Technology, network, sociality and positive attitudes as the necessary set of tools to confront the contemporary era." Art Is Open Source.
In this interview Marc discusses how the finacial crises and the cuts in arts fundng has been and is continuing to affect art freedoms in the UK, Canada the USA and elsewhere. With reference to how the Olympics, nationalism, art cuts and wars are from the same source of neoliberalist strategies, "Many of our institutions have been committed in taking on and implementing their own global and local versions of neoliberalism, where it has seeped into the very infrastructures and consciousness of our entertainment industries, the arts, academia, business, governments and broadcasting media, news publications; where corporate agendas (and governmental schemes) matter more than the health of the planet, human contexts and social needs. Where the value of human life has been worth less than product and fanciful ideologies. In a world when genuine concerns are expressed, they are constantly ignored systematically, or at best paid lip-service and treated as annoying irritants. Together, we need to rethink things and negotiate ways out of these cul-de sacs. To be concerned and thinking about these things really should not be seen as extremist or radical, it is simply common sense." Marc Garrett.
Furtherfield believes that through creative and critical engagement with practices in art and technology people are inspired and enabled to become active co-creators of their cultures and societies. We provide and collaborate with platforms for creating, viewing, discussing and learning about experimental practices at the intersections of art, technology and social change.