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Impact art vidéo art, les pionniers de l'art vidéo

In 1972 René Berger organized "Impact art video art 72" at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Lausanne. Presenting many Swiss and especially international artists.


Lausanne (CH)

Theme: Echanges

Typology: Exposition

Medium and media: Vidéo


Impact Lausanne

Impact Lausanne

1972 Participation René Berger à  Impact Lausanne

In 1972 René Berger organized “Impact art video art” at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Lausanne. Presenting many Swiss and especially international artists. This large-scale exhibition shows the most important artists of the era (including Vito-Acconci, Valie Export, Denis Oppenheim, Martha Rosler, Bill Viola, Fred Forest) and pioneers of video art including Nam June Paik and Wolf Vostell.

This exhibition takes place a few months before "Art Vidéo / Confrontation 74", an exhibition organized by Suzanne Pagé at the ARC/Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris in which Fred Forest is participating. Event which is considered to be the first major video exhibition in Europe.
The preface to the Impact catalog was included in the Paris catalog.

Rencontre avec Fred Forest

Musée cantonal des Beaux-arts de Lausanne
du 12 au 26 novembre 1972

At the invitation of René Berger who has followed and encouraged his video art practice since the 1970s, Fred Forest intervened in the museum at the same time as he carried out a participatory experience with the readers of TRIBUNE MATIN whose responses will be presented in the museum rooms. For this action, the artist also creates an interactive video animation in the form of an installation that visitors to the museum are confronted with. He will involve in this system a country band from Valais and will organize a public raffle in the museum to the great disapproval of the bourgeois circles of the canton, of which local personalities are the… administrators of the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts of Lausanne.

  • "Un espace vidéo pour vous", Tribune Matin, Lausanne, 9 décembre 1972
  • Fiche du Musée : Rencontre avec Fred Forest
  • "Les surprises de Fred Forest", Arnold Kohler, Tribune de Genève, 4 décembre 1972
  • "Une communication à sens inverse : Fred Forest et le Space-média" par Claude Chuard, Liberté de Fribourg, 2 décembre 1972
  • "Rectangle blanc" par Bernard Bellwad, Tribune Matin, Lausanne, 9 décembre 1972
  • Nombreux articles dans la presse suisse (voir bibliographie générale Webnetmuseum)
En marge d'"Action-Film-Vidéo", rencontre avec Fred Forest
En marge d'Action-Film-Vidéo, rencontre avec Fred Forest



Fred Forest has a special place in contemporary art. Both by his personality and by his pioneering practices which mark his work. He is mainly known today for having used one by one most of the communication media that have appeared over the last fifty years. He is co-founder of three artistic movements: those of sociological art, the aesthetics of communication and ethics in art.

He represented France at the 12th São Paulo Biennale (Communication Prize) in 1973, at the 37th Venice Biennale in 1976 and at Documenta 6 in Kassel in 1977.