About the part that art plays in a globalising society

Framer Framed

David Garcia

David Garcia

David Garcia (UK) is an artist, academic and organiser. He is currently Professor of Digital Arts and Media Activism at Bournemouth University in England.

Garcia has pioneered new forms of critical engagement with art and media, based on an occupying of the cracks which began to appear in the edifice of broadcast media in the 1990s. Through a series of events, most notably Next 5 Minutes, he (along with others) identified these kinds of interventions as part of a wider trend: a previously uncategorised set of cultural and political practices they called, ‘Tactical Media’. These ideas caught on and have since been recognised as one of the more significant and distinctive cultural movements of the last two decades. To connect the ‘memory’ of Tactical Media to the radical proliferation and transformation of these practices, Garcia co-founded, (with Dutch Media theorist Eric Kluitenberg), the award winning Tactical Media Files, an online repository of Tactical Media materials past and present. For Framer Framed he curated the exhibitions As If: The Media Artist as Trickster (2017), along with Annet Dekker and Ian Alan Paul, and Really? Art and Knowledge in Time of Crisis, (2024) curated with Mi You.

Alongside these projects Garcia has been active in Higher Education in which he has been instrumental in developing and embedding processes that unlock the radical potential of art as research. He has developed these ideas as Professor of Design for Digital Culture University of Portsmouth & Utrecht College of Art in the Netherlands where he launched the (UN) Common Ground project and publication, based around empirically grounded case studies of collaborations in academia, art and industry.


Exhibition: Really? Art and Knowledge in Time of Crisis

Exhibition about the commodification of knowledge and ignorance, curated by Mi You and David Garcia

Exhibition: As If - The Media Artist as Trickster

On politically inspired media art that uses deception in all its forms. Curated by Annet Dekker and David Garcia i.c.w. Ian Alan Paul


Opening: Really? Art & Knowledge in Time of Crisis
Opening of the exhibition about the commodification of knowledge and ignorance, curated by Mi You and David Garcia
Symposium: 'The Society of Post-Control'
Extended conversation on the emergence, consequences, and activist responses to the Society of Post-Control.
Symposium: Art and Political Conflict
On the relationship between art and political conflict and how it has been reshaped by digital media and the internet.