Ruth Catlow is an artist, curator and educator. She works with emancipatory network cultures, practices and poetics in arts, technology and social change. Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Furtherfield online community for arts, technology and social change since 1997, she now also co-directs Furtherfield’s public gallery and community lab space in the heart of Finsbury Park, North London, funded through Arts Council England. These provide scratch spaces for commissions and exhibitions to tour nationally and internationally, to strengthen the expressive and democratic potential of shared techno-social landscape.
Ruth’s artistic projects include: a public game artwork called Play Your Place with Mary Flanagan (US) (2012-) (partners include Metal, Tate, Peabody Housing Trust); a netart work Rethinking Wargames (Lo-fi Netart commission 2003-) exhibited at The Baltic, Gateshead, currently touring as part of Free Play with ICP. I have co-curated Furtherfield exhibition programmes since 2005 including the critically acclaimed exhibitions Being Social, World Wild Web and Digital Zoo (currently touring in 5 major UK shopping centres). She also co-curated Collaboration and Freedom – The World of Free and Open Source Art (2011), an online collection for Arts Council England and P2P Foundation.