Biography

(B. 1991; Leicester, UK)
Lives and works in London, UK

Mark Farid is a multimedia conceptual artist who investigates the perceived autonomy of the individual. Through his practice, Mark examines the ethics of performing in social situations in an effort to further understand how the State, and new technologies, prescribe the identity of the individual. Mark graduated from Kingston University, London, Fine Art in 2014, and has since given talks and participated in group and solo exhibitions in England, France, Germany, Denmark, UAE, and Japan. Mark recently took part in the Sundance New Frontier program for an on-going project.

Farid’s current practise investigates the structure of the Internet, and comes to the conclusion that the initial promises of the Internet centred around individuality and anonymity, is replaced by conformity, with our idiosyncrasies becoming nothing more than endearing novelties. The new digital age has created a Capitalist Utopia – with backdoor access to governments – near non-existent regulation, total privatisation, and globalisation. Factor in modern surveillance culture, to the ever increasing centralisation of new technologies, and you have a society strikingly reminiscent of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, and Dave Eggers’ The Circle.

Selected Exhibitions
2017 Seeing I, UK
2016 Poisonous Antidote, Gazelli Art House, London, UK
2015 Data Shadow, Solo public Artwork (Commissioned by Collusion, in partnership with The Technology Partnership, the University of Cambridge and Arts Council England), All Saint’s Gardens, Cambridge, UK
2015 Experimental Records, Group exhibition (Commissioned by Imagine Science Film Festival, in partnership with New York University), New York University, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2014 Profile Picture, Solo exhibition (Part of Hackney Wicked Art Festival), Arbyte Gallery, London, UK
2014 Kingston University Degree Show, Project Space, Kingston, UK

Selected Talks
2016 Projection – Photographic Allegations, True Fictions, Artists’ Colony Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
2015 (Virtual) Reality: Is Consciousness an Illusion? SMK, National Gallery of Denmark, Denmark
2015 Hack Cambridge: For six years (1964-70) Britain had a Minister of Technology, Cambridge Junction w/Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Cambridge, UK
2015 Data Shadow: Anonymity is our only right, and that is why it must be destroyed, St John’s College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
2015 Cambridge Festival of Idea: The Power of Data (Panel Discussion), Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
2015 ISMAR: Contextual engineering, Fukuoka International Congress Center, Japan
2015 Internet of Things: Ubiquitous surveillance cannot not start altering people’s behaviour, Redgate, Cambridge, UK
2015 Node15: The (Present) After Effect, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany
2015 DécaLabs: Art and alterity in the age of virtual reality, Google Cultural Institute, Paris, France
2015 Imagine Science Film Festival: FUTURES (Panel Discussion), New York University, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2014 Reclaim the Game: Only when something is published does it become real, Cybersalon, London, UK
2014 OneDotZero: Alone Together, Bl-nk, London, UK

Artist Residencies/ Festivals
2015 Imagine Science Film Festival, (Production of Seeing I and site specific exhibition), Abu Dhabi, UAE

Education
2014 Kingston University Degree Show, Kingston, UK

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