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1977

Art sociologique vidéo : Livre dans la collection 10/18

The use of the closed circuit, first used by Fred Forest at the Galerie Germain in May 1973 for Archéologie du présent or Autopsie de la rue Guénégaud, then in a similar arrangement in December of the same year at the Galerie Portal in São Paulo for Autopsie de la rue Augusta/Petit musée de la consommation, enabled the artist to play on the effects of immediacy and feedback. 

Art sociologique 10/18
1977

Art sociologique 10/18

1977 ART SOCIOLOGIQUE VIDEO

Compiled by Fred Forest, this book published by Editions UGE 10/18 UGE includes many previously unpublished texts by : Maurice Achard, Tahar Ben Jelloun, René Berger, Daniel Broutchoux, Kennneth Coutts-Smith, Jean Duvignaud, Hervé Fischer, Vilém Flusser, Fred Forest, Jules Gritti, Marshall Mac Luhan, Jacques Monnier-Raball, Edgar Morin, Pierre Moëglin, Yann Pavie, Pierre Restany, Bernard Teyssèdre and Jean-Paul Thénot.

This book is a kind of reference bible on sociological art, in which all the contributors, each in their own way, give sanctuary to the birth of this new artistic movement. Fred Forest, the author, outlines the main themes and guidelines, drawing on his own work, before giving the floor to Hervé Fischer and Jean-Paul Thénot. Finally, a series of key speakers take the floor, each in turn contributing their point of view on the issue. Finally, in a masterly essay, Vilém Flusser frames the sociological art and practice of Fred Forest in his own critical theories as a philosopher of communication.

Then Forest ends his work, in keeping with his propensity for participation, with a survey. A survey where he questions a hundred artists and some critics in sight, so that they pronounce themselves on the three following questions:

1-Does sociological art exist?

2-Do you consider yourself to be part of this trend in art?

3-What is your own definition of sociological art?

 

LONG BIOGRAPHY OF 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.

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