Ruth is an artist working 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, now also a public gallery in the heart of Finsbury Park, North London. Head of School at Writtle School of Design, for arts and design in the environment.
Ruth has exhibited world wide and her work is featured in a number of publications. Artistic projects include Rethinking Wargames, Lo-fi Netart commission (2003), VisitorsStudio (2004) (awarded the Grand Netart Prize in 2009), DIWO (Do It With Others) (2007-) WeWontFlyForArt (2009) and Zero Dollar Laptop (2010-). Exhibitions at Givon Gallery, Tel Aviv, CCA, Glasgow, The Baltic, Gateshead, Limehouse Town Hall, London as well as galleries in Zagreb, Madrid and Detroit and work featured on DVblog, the Rhizome Artbase and The Digital Kitchen. Co-curator of Furtherfield exhibition programmes since 2005, co-editor of a book about artists’ critical engagement with games Artists Re:Thinking Games (2010) and co-curator of an Arts Council England commissioned collection, Collaboration and Freedom – The World of Free and Open Source Art (2011) mirrored by P2P Foundation. Ruth is currently collaborating with game artist Mary Flanagan (US) to develop Play Southend, an open platform game in which Southenders make the drawings that comprise the game, to inform civic and urban planning and to envision their future communities.