Irational.org - Tools, Techniques and Events 1996-2006

Irational is a loose grouping of six international net and media artists who came together around the server irational.org, founded by the British net artist Heath Bunting in 1996, going on to make decisive contribution to early net art from the mid-1990s onward. They include Daniel Garcia Andújar / Technologies to the People (E), Rachel Baker (GB), Kayle Brandon (GB), Heath Bunting (GB), Minerva Cuevas / Mejor Vida Corporation (MEX) and Marcus Valentine (GB).

Irational.org’s goal is to use the media of a large-scale showing, workshops, and a comprehensive documentation to make these artistic-activist pieces more accessible to a general public.

Irational’s early work commented on the Internet hype of the mid-to-late 1990s, competing with the commercialisation-euphoria of the new market by developing its own pseudo-ventures. Moving on from net art Irational now experiment with interrogating and overcoming economic, political, and social boundaries in real space, producing a great deal of comic relief, among other things.

Among their works are Natural Reality Superweed Set 1.0 (1999) and International Tree Climbing Day (2003 onwards). In Natural Reality Superweed Set 1.0 a genetically modified Superweed was engineered in order to attack commercial agricultural monocultures and contains a mixture of natural and GM seeds (rapeseed, wild radish, yellow mustard, shepherd’s purse). The mixture grows into a Superweed that is resistant to commercially available weedkillers and therefore a threat to the profitability of growing GM plants and also to the production and deployment of broad-spectrum herbicides.

International Tree Climbing Day invites a different kind of participation. Since 2003, Irational and their friends at the Institute for Applied Autonomy have arranged an annual event during which people are invited to join them in the almost forgotten but nonetheless pleasurable activity of climbing trees. The event is part of Irational’s ongoing involvement with hacking the city’s familiar physical surroundings in order to find more mentally enriching, physically challenging and socially exciting ways of using them.

The CCA is supported by the Scottish Arts Council, Glasgow City Council and the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.