media arts

Furtherfield on Resonance FM – March 9nd 2011

Ellie Harrison’s practice emerges from her continual attempt to strike-a-balance between the roles of ‘artist’, ‘activist’ and
‘administrator’. She uses skills and strategies drawn from each of these perspectives to create playful and engaging work, in-and-out of art world contexts, which aims to expose and challenge the systems which control and rule over our lives, be they political, ethical, social, economic,technological or infrastructural. Her work takes a variety of forms including performance spectacles,
interactive installations, collaborative projects, political campaigns, media interventions, websites and coach trips.

Simon will be discussing his recent paper ‘Anarchy and the Big Society Machine’. Originally presented as a talk and paper for Goldsmiths MA Interactive Media (, earlier this year. “Anarchism in an electronic age defies definition and will always tend towards sets of values or ways of thinking and doing that evolve from tensions in the individual and collective process. We could say that in this respect anarchism is defined as useful tension between community (or state) and self. Correspondingly, any dogmatic attempts to discuss anarchism are simply evocations of a dynamic process, illuminating, infuriating and then discarded. But they are not without purpose or an element of progression from one place to another, that is to say in negotiating the behaviours of the individual and the state.”

Ellie will be discussing mainly about her Trajectories project (soon to launch) and thesis ‘How to Reconcile the Careerist Mentality with Our Impending Doom’, as well as her position about the function of art and role of the artist in an age of economic and environmental crisis (essays ‘Altermodernism: The Age of Stupid’ on Furtherfield ( and ‘How Can We Continue Making Art?’). We will also discuss about her new major exhibition at Watermans Arts Centre called ‘A Brief History of Privatisation’

Also showcasing music and noise, providing a rolling lineup of experimental creative adventures for your amusement.

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