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1974

Arc vidéo / Confrontation 74

Fred Forest's video installation presents the socio-electronic investigation of Avenue du Président Wilson live and in real time on a large screen, at the same time as an array of documents relating to Parisian traffic provided by the Préfecture de Police.

Sociological 

Paris (FR)

Typology: Installation

Medium and media: Vidéo

1974

ARC VIDEO CONFRONTATION

Expo vidéo Arc Confrontation 74
Musée d’art moderne ville de Paris

Avenue du Président Wilson is a wide avenue with two lanes separated by a space where the local people's market is held twice a week. The façade of the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris runs the length of the avenue. The rooms housing the works in the exhibition occupy the 1st floor.

Fred Forest's video installation presents the socio-electronic investigation of the Avenue du Président Wilson live and in real time on a large screen, at the same time as a table of documents relating to Parisian traffic provided by the Préfecture de police. This supplemented the video installation with factual sociological information available to visitors.  A closed-circuit camera was set up outside in the extension of the Avenue facing the flow of descending cars. A tele-megascope, a rather rare piece of equipment at the time, was kindly lent to us by a friend from the UP6 architecture unit so that we could broadcast a large-scale projected image.  In one of the photos attached, Fred Forest can be seen with Nam June Paik at the Museum bar with one of his students. Nam June Paik had been invited to the exhibition as a star artist and video pioneer to present his cult sculpture TV Buddha.

Titre de forme: 

[Exposition. Paris, ARC. 1974]
[Exposition. Paris, Musée d'Art moderne de la ville de Paris. 1974]

Auteur(s): 

Fansten, Michel (en 1940) [Préfacier], Pagé, Suzanne (en 1950) [Préfacier], Pavie, Yann (Saint-Malo, 28–04–1947) [Auteur (article ou ouvrage)], ARC (Animation, Recherche, Confrontation)

Date: 

1974 Contenu : [préfaces] / M. Fansten - S. Pagé - D. A. Foresta ; [sans titre] / D. Belloir ; La vidéo et les artistes / D. Bloch ; Dispositif, plasticité, représentation, configuration : les quatre pôles de l'art vidéo / C. EIzykman ; Les environnements / Y. Pavie. Artistes présentés : R. Aamot ; C. Acconci ; Y. Agam ; V. Agnetti ; R. Altman ; D. Askevold ; R. Baladi ; J. Baldessari ; R. Barron ; R. Bauermeister ; S. Beck ; L. Benglis ; J. Beuys ; C. Boltanski ; J.-P. Boyer ; B. Borgeaud ; K. Brehmer ; D. Burgy ; G. Byerley ; Cable Arts Foundation Inc. ; F. Barzyk ; R. Cahen ; G. Calisti ; C. Campbell ; P. Campus ; J. Chamberlain ; G. Chiari ; L. Da Rocha ; D. Douglas ; B. Demattio ; D. Devyatkin ; D. Dow ; E. Emshwiller ; B. Etra ; L. Etra ; H. Fischer ; F. Forest ; S. Forti ; L. Frederikson ; H. Freed ; G. Fromanger ; J. Gerz ; P.-A. Gette ; F. Gilette ; D. Graham ; Groupe C.A.P. ; Groupe Imedia ; Service de la recherché de l’O.R.T.F. ; Groupe video Hiroba ; W. Gwin ; D. Hallock ; R. Hamilton ; R. Hayes ; J. Heddle ; Hessie ; H. Hodicke ; N. Holt ; R. Horn ; P. Hugues ; J. Hunt ; T. Iimura ; F. Janicot ; W. Kahlen ; M. Kanter ; A. Kaprow ; N. Kitchell Wilson ; P. Kos ; Y. Kounellis ; R. Kriesche ; R. Kuschner ; R. Landry ; B. Lavier ; L. Levine ; B. Lundberg ; T. Lynch ; A. Mann ; M. Masse ; G. Minkoff ; R. Morris ; A. Muntadas ; B. Naumann ; F. Naves ; Nicola ; M. olesen ; D. Oppenheim ; J. Otth ; N. J. Paik ; C. Palestine ; B. de Panafieu ; G. Pane ; B. Parmegiani ; F. Pezold ; J. Rabascall ; A. Ramos ; M. Raysse ; Al Razutis ; F. Regnier ; A. Richert ; W. Roarty ; D. Hallock ; W. Rosenquist ; E. Salzmann ; D. Sandin ; Sarkis ; R. Serra ; K. Sonnier ; S. Sweeney ; J.-P. Thenot ; G. Titus-Carmel ; C. Tobas ; K. Tomek ; G. Trbuljak ; F. Vaccari ; S. Vanderbeek ; D. Verdult ; B. Viola ; W. Vasulka ; S. Vasulka ; J. Wiseman ; T. Lynch ; W. Vostell ; W. Wegman ; R. Welch ; N. Yalter ; National Center for Experiments in Television ; B. Howard ; The alternate media center.

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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