Andrew Garton is an independent filmmaker, musician and writer with a background in community access video and broadcasting. After a decade of music-making in the 1980s, his interest in participatory democracy and the distribution of chemical free food led him to co-establishing Pegasus Networks, a pre-internet service throughout Australia, the Pacific Islands and Southeast Asia.
His articles on radio art, generative music, independent media and internet activism have been published in Journal of New Musique Australia, Fibreculture Reader, RealTime and 21C, At a Distance (MIT Press, 2005), Re-inventing Radio – Aspects of Radio as Art (Revolver, 2008) Global Information Society Watch Report (Hivos, APC, 2010-2011). Andrew also co-authored the landmark Pan Asia Networking Report (International Development and Research Centre, 1994). His first book, Right to Know – India’s internet avant-garde (ISBN 978-81-933164-2-9), is published by the Digital Empowerment Foundation.
His work spans the genres of non-fiction film-making, short-format documentary, non-linear radio documentary drama, projected video and sound installations. Andrew has produced public events on such wide-ranging topics as open licenses, community cultural origins and place-making, and media arts exhibition works with asylum seekers focusing on their connections to homeland. His films include The Light Show, a history of psychedelic lighting design in Melbourne and Sarawak Gone – a series of shorts on land rights issues in East Malaysia. This included TONG TANA, a documentary drama for radio on the cosmology of the last forest dwellers of Sarawak. His first feature documentary is Ocean in a Drop.
Andrew has a Master of Arts in Interactive Media and is an Adjunct Industry Fellow, Media and Communication, Swinburne University of Technology. He directs Secession Films and co-manages Secession Records. Andrew lives in the rural outskirts of Melbourne exploring his interests in probiotics and regenerative agriculture.
Photo by Jimmie James Wright, 2017