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A Pitstop: DIWO & Experimental Interaction

Daphne Tan

Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 - 11:58:21 pm


Experimental Interaction – A Summary, awaiting a Sequel

DIWO, otherwise known as, Do It With Others, is a concept created by Marc Garrett, the founder of Furtherfield. A new perspective brought forward to encourage collaboration, this has shifted creative production from being top-down to being collaborated. In the first half of the semester, Experimental Interaction class has emphasized on the idea Read more →

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Brilliant piece! I am delighted with the quality and thoroughness of your research critique. You synthesized our projects extremely well in the context of Furtherfield's concept of DIWO. And I am very pleased that you have recognized the value of collaboration as a form of creative activity and interaction between artists and participants. I hope you will find the process of DIWO of value to your ongoing work. Excellent research, articulated very clearly, and nicely summarized.

DIWO: Maker Culture


Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 - 11:58:00 pm

@ Bala's OSS

DIWO and Artware

“As an artist-led group, Furtherfield has become progressively more interested in the cultural value of collaboratively developed visions as opposed to the supremacy of the vision of the individual artistic genius.”

During the lecture, Garrett makes an indirect reference to this quote when he brings up how maker culture pushes creatives out of their comfort zone. Painters need not Read more →

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Very impressive! And so detailed in your dissection of Furtherfield and its effort to use DIWO to create social change through the collaboration of artists. You very effectively discussed several of the Furtherfield platforms, such as VisitorStudio, which served as a vehicle for bringing artists together to collaborate via the network. Also, excellent discussion of the changing role of the artist, the curator, and the viewer, who together in a more non-hierarchical manner are able to work together in a more socially-engaged manner. This is a very thorough and well-written research critique. Excellent!
Thank you! I loved reading about Furtherfield, so I'm glad that enjoyment carried over into my writing. The session with Marc Garrett really helped solidify the essay as well; thank you for arranging for such an in-depth lecture by the man himself :-)
Your welcome Bala!

truly, Interaction in its most Experimental form

EC Chee

Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 - 02:14:08 am

@ 遠き世に

Do It With Others—The name says it all. To give due credit, DIWO is essentially the overarching theme guiding our lesson objectives. It makes sense: with a title like Experimental Interaction, it’s certainly most important to focus on, you guessed it! Interaction, especially those experimental in nature, which is what DIWO is really all about.

Furtherfield, an art community, is the Read more →

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Very good research on Furtherfield and its focus on the process of DIWO (Do it With Others). You captured quite well some of the activities of Furtherfield, including their blockchain project. I am also impressed with your mention of process as an important element in collaborative working relationships between artists and viewers. I would have liked to see you expand on the interaction theme, which is of course important to our study in this class. How does Furtherfield and its use of DIWO activate user interaction? It would be helpful to provide more specifics. You discussed the Adobe Connect project, which certainly involves interaction and that is a great opportunity to support your initial statement. Otherwise this is very fine research, and I appreciate the enthusiasm in your writing!

Let us DIWO

Elizabeth Quek

Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018 - 12:18:46 pm

@ A blog for Liz

DIWO and Maker Culture

During our Week 5 lesson we had the chance to have a lecture with Marc Garrett. He talks about the Furtherfield and how the idea of ‘Do-It-With-Others’ (DIWO) has allowed them to achieve greater heights.

What is so great about this idea of DIWO though?

Whilst many artist are able to create artworks by themselves, DIWO brings across this Read more →

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I was very interested in your reference to Values-In-Action, a term I wasn't familiar with but which I think nicely expresses Furtherfield's commitment to art for social change. Also impressive is your reference to Joseph Beuys' 7000 Oaks, which is a perfect example of DIWO, public art, and the collaboration between the artist and the viewer. This is certainly a very helpful way to think about interaction in the broader sense that breaks down the division between the artist and audience. Some comments: I would have liked to have seen more specifics about Furtherfield's work and references to Mark Garrett's talk, in which he laid out a very nice history of Furtherfield and its DIWO projects. You have a good overall description of DIWO, but more specific examples from Furtherfield's work would have been helpful. 


Cecilia HyunJae Cho

Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018 - 12:18:10 pm



For years, it has all been about doing it yourself also known as “DIY”. DIY is not necessarily a bad mindset to have or a bad process to practice but it is certainly not the only option. There is the option of doing it with others, allowing us to not only learn from one another but also build Read more →

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So glad you are enjoying and profiting from the experiences we are having in Experimental Interaction. I can see that you have a good understanding of how the DIWO concept has manifested in Open Source Studio, as well as our other micro-projects that are highly collaborative and transactional. It's great that you mentioned that Plantoid project from Marc Garrett's presentation. However, I would like to see more specifics in your research critiques drawn from the reading that was assigned, as well as Marc Garrett's lecture. These specifics can take form of quotations, projects, and ideas that are referenced to support your critique. While your overall assessment of DIWO is very good, it just needs additional support from the reading and viewing assignments.



Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018 - 01:58:34 am

@ Jasmine

I’ve heard of DIY (Do-It-Yourself) so many times unlike DIWO (Do-It-With-Others), so when I was first introduced to the concept of DIWO, it seemed like something almost impossible to achieve. Imagine a huge group of people contributing their ideas all at once, I can only picture a chaotic mess. However, I was given the opportunity to look into Furtherfield, which changed Read more →

Categories: Research
Jasmine, this is a very good start at introducing the concept of DIWO, as practiced by Furtherfield and as discussed by Marc Garrett. A couple of comments: I'm not sure that Hello World is the best example of DIWO since in fact the YouTube videos exist as a demonstration of how people can be somewhat alienated and disassociated on the Internet. DIWO does just the opposite, it allows people to create and interact together to produce a result that is the combination of everyone's effort. However your reference to our Telematic Embrace project is excellent, and that on the other hand is the result of the class interacting together to create a unified result. I hope you can see the difference. I would also work on your conclusion. You introduce a project, Plantoid, which is very important to our understanding of DIWO, but it requires more context so we can see why you are ending with that particular work. You have many excellent ideas in your piece, but I would like to see a more continuous development of ideas that ends conclusively. Otherwise your research is very well done.

DArtWO - Make the World a Better Place

Bella Dai

Monday, Feb 19, 2018 - 11:16:17 pm

@ belladaiyunlang

Furtherfield is a non-profit organization and community that was found by Ruth Carlow and Marc Garrett in 1996. It was created to reach out a wider audience without the constraints of the physical gallery spaces at London. Furtherfield was a small website where the artist, technologist, and academics have the freedom to DIWO (DO IT WITH OTHERS) to share Read more →

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A very beautiful essay. You captured well several projects of Furtherfield to underscore the concept and importance of DIWO and collaboration. I also sense that you see the role of the artist as one who initiates social changes, use art to make the world a better place. That is precisely the objective of Furtherfield and I thought you capture their thinking extremely well. I thought that the quote and reference by the biologist Banu Subramniam, was an appropriate and resonant contribution to your essay.


Daphne Ngatimin

Monday, Feb 19, 2018 - 10:43:50 pm

@ Daphne Ngatimin

In the 90s, the dominance of Britarts in the 90s led a small number of high profile artists to degrade, shrinking platforms and the representation of their work. UK art culture were hijacked by the marketing strategies of Saatchi and Saatchi of the advertising world. This motivated Marc Garrett and Ruth Catlow to create a platform where the community Read more →

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Excellent essay! And you ask some very important questions in your conclusion. I think you are saying that although we may be separated on the Web, we have different ways and means to work and collaborate together. This is very important to the original concept of Furtherfield, which as you point out, began with Backspace, an online initiative that allowed Furtherfield to take root on the Web. I was also very impressed with the many artworks and micro-projects you mentioned that make use of collaboration and group interaction. I can see that you have a very solid understanding of the topic and I am also pleased to see the quality of your research. Don't forget though to cite your references and indicate where they came from, even if it is an assigned reading.

[EI] Maker Culture - DIWO


Sunday, Feb 18, 2018 - 03:47:10 pm

@ Francesca

Introduction to Furtherfield and DIWO

Furtherfield is an alternative artspace that was founded in the mid 1990s. It aims to ‘connect people to news ideas, critical thinking and imaginative possibilities for art, technology and the world around us’. Therefore, Furtherfield is an open community that is not limited to artists only, but it also welcomes people from all walks of life Read more →

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You definitely have the right spirit and you have done some very good research and gathering together of ideas and concepts! I am glad to see you are not discouraged even though society doesn't always appreciate artists. This is not just true in Singapore, it is also true in the US and in most countries around the world. And you are right, DIWO has the capacity to lift the artist out of their own solitary practice to bring them into direct interaction with others, to collaborate, to make things together. That said, with all the very positive remarks you have made, I would like to see more examples of works that demonstrate the practice of DIWO. Also a reference to the lecture by Marc Garrett was also a part of the assignment, since there is nothing like learning directly from the person who has conceived many of the ideas we are exploring in Experimental Interaction! So while your positive perspective is refreshing, be sure to underscore and support your ideas with more description in your examples, in other words go a little deeper in depth.

The More We Get Together

Tan Yue Ling

Saturday, Feb 17, 2018 - 01:42:26 am

@ MoonlingGraphics

Doing It With Others (DIWO)

|| The noble venture by Furtherfield into establishing and investing in a common space that facilitates the sharing of ideas and execution of projects among artists has reaped the benefits of social practice in art.

Before the proliferation of Open-Source culture, artists were seen as solitary creators who worked for their own gain, as in Read more →

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Very good research as I can see you assembled many of the project we have taken on this semester in Experimental Interaction. I was glad to see you begin your essay with the reference to art of the social practice, which is essential to our work this semester. What I would like to see you think about is how to tie together the many ideas and examples you have introduced. The main thread is DIWO (Do it with Others), which is the essential concept behind a more collaborative and participatory form of art making. Whereas you used DIWO in the title of your essay, it is even more important to define DIWO and explore how it functions through the examples you gave. Whereas you do talk about how the artist gives up ownership to the viewer, which is one important aspect of DIWO, again, you want to bring your ideas back to the central theme, and this theme can be better developed. That said, I can see that you have paid close attention to the work, and I was very impressed that you mentioned mail art and the Netbehaviour list and how it ties in with co-curation. So you have many of the important elements here, they just need to be brought together a little more cohesively.