In 1996 artists Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett initiated an online community for collaboration and experimentation, informed by community arts, pirate radio, activism and street art. A grassroots network and programme emerged, inspired by free and open software cultures. Challenging notions of the individual genius artist this continues to thrive and to engage diverse people with arts, technology and its impact on social change.
Since its formation, Furtherfield has grown and built an international reputation, leading in the theory and practice of digital creativity with a social focus. It has continued to invest time and energy in a decentralised and distributed network, fostering new projects with artists, seizing and challenging debates and always advocating for open and playful engagement with people encapsulated in its process of ‘doing it with others’ or DIWO a term we coined in 2006.
Furtherfield has been distinctive from other organisations in maintaining a presence across networked space and presenting work through its gallery. Its commitment to open and collaborative methodologies and transnationalism has seen it working with artists at all career stages and bringing new, marginal and important messages to wider audiences.
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