Garrett Lynch

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Garrett Lynch
Garrett Lynch
Garrett Lynch and his Second Life "representation"
Born 1977 (age 39–40)[citation needed]
Cork, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Known for new media

Garrett Lynch (born 1977) is an Irish new media artist working with networked technologies in a variety of forms including online art, installation, performance and writing.


Since 2000 Lynch has a developed an artistic practice centred on the use of networks. He has published papers including "Google and Art: A commercial/cultural new media art economy?" in the ISEA, Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts newsletter and "Net Art : au-delà du navigateur… un monde d’objets" ( beyond the browser to a world of things) in Terminal no. 101, "Net Art, Technologie ou Création?" (Net Art, Technology or Creation),[1] spoken at conferences and events,[2][3] curated exhibitions[4][5] and live events, exhibited and performed in a number of international exhibitions and events including "Notes on a New Nature" at 319 Scholes,[6] "The Vending Machine" at the 54th Venice Biennale,[7] "REFF – Remix the World, Reinvent Reality" at Furtherfield Gallery,[8][9] Jouable; Art, Jeu et Interactivité,[10] and "Liminality: The Space Between Worlds" at Antena.[11]


Lynch's work has developed based on a conceptual consideration of the use of networks within artistic practice. Moving initially from a practice and its emphasis on the web and the web browser as artistic form[12][13] to a networked practice that explores networks in their widest interpretation, his work uses networks as "a means, site and context for artistic initiation, creation and discourse".[14]

Informed by Cybernetics and Communication theory, his discourse frequently deals with issues concerning nodes and their arrangement, the spaces between or the internodal and the behaviour that can occur between nodes in a network.[2] As such he views his work dealing with these concepts and issues as largely opportunist, potentially parasitic in nature and his practice as essentially one of arrangements aligning it with key concerns within conceptual art.

He states that his networked practice aims "to get people to think about the ideas I'm making connections or links between. I personally like work that makes me think so I try to make work to make others think…What obsesses me is not the internet per se but the idea of networks, all sorts of networks, technological (digital, electronic and electrical), social, biological etc. My work is starting to be a networked art rather than, an internet art".[15]

Garrett Lynch performing Trav-erse at REFF Furtherfield on 25 February 2011.[9]

Since 2001 curating has been a part of Garrett's practice. Initially curating online works through the "Banner Art Collective", in 2006 he co-founded the sonic arts events "Open Ear" which ran ten live events at various locations in England and Wales until 2009.

Lynch created the site-specific work for the online virtual world of Second Life "Between Saying and Doing" in 2008 as a critical comment on performance and virtual worlds. This initiated a series of installation and performance works dealing with ideas of identity and place as they relate to networked spaces that remains ongoing. In these works Lynch explores the "real" and the "virtual" through the transposing of his own identity to virtual worlds without any attempt to masquerade or imagine a new identity. This process involves the use of his real name for his "representation" or avatar, word play that references his names origins as both real and Irish and the use of a sandwich board prop stating this that is worn continuously.


  1. ^ beyond the browser to a world of things in Net Art, Technologie or Création. Paris: Editions L'Harmattan. 2008. pp. 91–101. ISBN 9782296055353. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "The Art of Networks and Networks as Art". 23 June 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dorkbot Cardiff No. 3". Dorkbot Cardiff. 14 July 2011. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "First Chiangmai New Media Art Festival". First Chiangmai New Media Art Festival. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "First Chiangmai New Media Art Festival on". Neural. 28 March 2003. Archived from the original on 31 May 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Notes on a New Nature". 319 Scholes. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Vending Machine, 54th Venice Biennale". The Vending Machine. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Hendrickson, Cary; Federico Ruberti; Luca Simeone; Oriana Persico; Salvatore Iaconesi (2010). REFF, RomaEuropa Fake Factory. Rome: Derive Approdi. ISBN 9788865480120. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "REFF – Remix the World, Reinvent Reality at Furtherfield Gallery". Furtherfield. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  10. ^ Jouable; Art, Jeu et Interactivité. Genève: Haute école d'arts appliqués HES, École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs, Ciren Université Paris 8, Centre pour l'image contemporaine. 2004. p. 171. ISBN 2839900181. 
  11. ^ "Liminality: The Space Between Worlds". Antena. Archived from the original on 18 January 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "_Pause". Neural. 9 October 2001. Archived from the original on 1 June 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "System for Multiple Compositions on a Theme". Neural. 1 February 2006. Archived from the original on 20 May 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  14. ^ Garrett Lynch. "Artists statement". Garrett Lynch. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Interview with Garrett Lynch". Noema. Retrieved 17 May 2012.