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1973

Vidéo Troisième âge

The experience took place at the Caisse nationale de retraite des ouvriers du bâtiment-CNRO in La Font-des-Horst (Hyères): their home. Being immersed with around forty elderly people was a very rich experience for all of us, and one that forced us to question many of our most deeply held beliefs.  The protagonists of the project are a social group of former construction workers, whose lives have been marked by a lifetime of hard work. Conceived as an artistic entity, the aim of the project is to revitalise human relations by using video recorders and playing on the mirror effect.

Sociological  Criticism and Ethics 

Hyères (FR)

Theme: Echanges

Typology: Animation, Dispositif

Medium and media: Vidéo

#Implication  #Partage  #Participation 

Vidéo Troisième âge

Vidéos 3ème âge

Préparation pédagogique de Fred Forest auprès des résidents de la CNRO

Roméo et Juliette joué par les résidents de la CNRO

Les clochards sur un banc joué par les résidents de la CNRO

La déclaration solennelle de Mr Turpin

L’interview de Mme Blangy par Jean-Philippe Butaud, sociologue en gérontologie auprès de la CNRO

Vidéo Troisième âge
Vidéo Troisième âge
Vidéos 3ème âge
Vidéos 3ème âge
Préparation pédagogique de Fred Forest auprès des résidents de la CNRO
Préparation pédagogique de Fred Forest auprès des résidents de la CNRO
Roméo et Juliette joué par les résidents de la CNRO
Roméo et Juliette joué par les résidents de la CNRO
Les clochards sur un banc joué par les résidents de la CNRO
Les clochards sur un banc joué par les résidents de la CNRO
La déclaration solennelle de Mr Turpin
La déclaration solennelle de Mr Turpin
L’interview de Mme Blangy par Jean-Philippe Butaud, sociologue en gérontologie auprès de la CNRO
L’interview de Mme Blangy par Jean-Philippe Butaud, sociologue en gérontologie auprès de la CNRO

PRÉSENTATION A LA DOCUMENTA 6 KASSEL Juin-Octobre 1977

  • Concept and project management: Fred Forest
  • Scope: Project commissioned by the Social Research Department of the C.N.R.O. - Caisse Nationale des ouvriers du bâtiment.
  • Execution: Retirement home, Font des Horts, Hyères (Var), 25 June to 11 July 1973.
  • Presentation: Documenta 6 Kassel, June / October 1977
  • Participants: 200 retired people aged 65 to 90.
  • Aim: To build a "social sculpture" in the sense defined by Joseph Beuys (Free University). This sculpture, according to Forest, would take the form of a multimedia communication action built and implemented on site in a retirement home.

Concept

Conceived as an artistic entity, the aim of this action is to energise human relations by using video recorders to play on the mirror effect. Accelerate the information process within a closed environment. Reveal to the authors their own behaviour in a slightly deferred way by playing back the video image. Encourage individual and group exchanges. Stimulate the emergence and expression of the collective imagination. Transform the relationship with the institution and encourage a "political" attitude that leads to the appropriation of the means of communication for the mastery of information. The protagonists are a social group of former construction workers, whose lives have been marked by hard work. Their level of education is generally lower than the Certificat d'Études Primaires. With a wealth of practical and human experience, including trade union activism.

Device

All the retirees were invited to make videos on subjects of their choice, shoot the footage and edit the footage themselves. Five groups were freely formed. A few isolated individuals produced their own videos independently. At the same time, a general programme was developed in the school for non-participants and members of staff whose active involvement the director had categorically refused. A daily video diary of the action was produced, leaflets were distributed and teams and equipment were moved to communal areas.

Results

Five fifteen-minute films were made, as well as the film of the film... a total of some forty hours of filming, which will be the subject of a study published by Jean-Philippe Butaud, a gerontologist with a doctorate in sociology. As a pilot project, this experiment, rich in various respects, bears witness to a fruitful collaboration between the fields of art and human sciences. Professor Vilém Flusser and journalist André Bercoff also took part in the experiment.

  • Catalogue Documenta 6 Kassel 1977. (Allemagne)
  • " La télévision en partage ", Éditions I.D.E.R.I.V., Lausanne 1974
  • " Vidéo troisième âge ", Jean-Philippe Butaud et Fred Forest, Nice 1974
  • Nombreux articles (voir bibliographie générale sur le site du Webnetmuseum)
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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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