Graham Harwood

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    Graham Harwood, Goldsmiths/University of Sunderland, UK


    Graham Harwood was a street culture-cum-activist/artist during the 1980s. During his ten years unemployed he was involved with publishing initives such as the Working Press (books by and about working class culture), The Festival of Plagiarism (in London, Glasgow, San Francisco and Tokyo, intended to explore and exploit the values and inherent contradictions involved in the notion of plagiarism), Underground newspaper (a London-based free newspaper aimed at promoting and exploiting the uses of new media in culture and activism) and books such as Unnatural­Techno Theory for a Contaminated Culture (theoretical positionings on new media). During this time, he produced the first computer-generated comic, If Comics Mental, and was widely published in graphic journals in the U.S.A., Canada, Italy and France. He was invited to make a piece of work for VideoPositive 95 (international video art festival in Liverpool). He worked at Ashworth maximum security  hos­pital in Liverpool where he produced the installation Rehearsal of Memory. Harwood’s reputation as an educa­tionalist led to setting up new media courses at Guildhall University, and advising on numerous other academic new media initiatives. Disappointed with the state of academic education, Harwood was invited to work at Artec (London Arts Technology Centre) where he continues to provide innovative training for the long-term unemployed. It was here that he received his first Arts Council grant to develop Rehearsal of Memory with Artec and ex-trainees to pro­duce, re-author and publish the CD-ROM version of the installation. Since, Harwood has exhibited and spoken at numerous events, nationally and internationally, in England, France, Austria, Australia, Germany, Canada, Portugal, Finland, Holland and Norway


    Graham Harwood, England, UK, is currently the senior lecturer in Multimedia at the London Arts Technology Centre (ARTEC).


    (UK) Author of the UK’s first computer generated comic ‘If Comix – Mental’, an editor of Underground, and a member of the Fast Breeder BBS Collective. He is a part-time lecturer at the Guildhall University, London.

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