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1983

Les 24 Heures du Mans

A sociological art project.
Fred Forest analyses the behaviour and motivations of spectators who spend 24 hours on site.

Sociological 

Medium and media: Vidéo

1983

24 Heures du Mans

Produced within the framework of sociological art
Fred Forest analyses the behaviour and motivations of spectators who spend 24 hours on site. He identifies three main criteria:
The mechanical eroticism of the racing cars, a definite vector of attraction, the speed that intoxicates the spectators' imaginations and the morbid expectation of death from the ever likely accident that everyone dreads... and wishes for at the same time! In the 80s, as the interviews with Forest reveal, the car still retained all its power as an ideal substitute for women. 
The 24 Hours of Le Mans as a mass sociological event perfectly reflects what the artist seeks to illustrate critically through sociological art.

Many thanks to Harout Bezdjian for his unfailing and ongoing support, who, as head of the audiovisual department at the Centre Pompidou, is the only person in that institution to have given Forest permanent personal support.

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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