Born 1957 in Philadelphia (USA). 1978–82 study of art at the Cooper Union of Art, New York (USA), under Hans Haacke, Vito Acconci and Martha Rosler, degree of Bachelor of Arts. Since 1981 in cooperation with Nam June Paik. 1985 starting his own production of tapes and installations. 1990 Artist in Residence at the Video Fest Berlin (D). Lives in New York City.
In one of his works, Man with a Video Camera (Fuck Vertov) (1989), Garrin videotaped a riot in Tompkins Square Park in New York City's Lower East Side. The video records police officers with covered badge numbers beating protesters, and Garrin himself being pulled off a van and assaulted for shooting video tape. In the video, he proposes a new revolution is coming; a reverse Big Brother state in which citizens armed with camcorders are continually watching the government.
- Border Patrol, 1994-1996
- By Any Means Necessary, 1990
- Free Society, 1988
- Home(less) Is Where The Revolution Is, 1990
- Man with a Video Camera, 1989
- Reverse Big Brother, 1990
- White Devil, 1992-1993
- Yuppie Ghetto with Wedding, 1989-1990
- Pit Schultz, "Interview with Paul Garrin", 1997.
- Geert Lovink, "Art and the Tactics of the Cyber-Economy. The Improvements of Same.Space. Interview with Paul Garrin", 1998.