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1983

Autopsie d'un discours politique

Critical installation with real-time processing of a speech by the President of the French Republic by software that disrupts the order of the words spoken, thereby rendering it incomprehensible.

Sociological  Communication 

Bonn (DE)

Typology: Dispositif

1983

Discours politique de François Mitterrand

FRAUENMUSEUM IM KRAUSFELD,
BONN, ALLEMAGNE 8-30 JUIN 1983

Musée des Femmes, Bonn RFA

Critical installation with real-time processing of a speech by the President of the Republic by software that upsets the order of the words spoken, thereby rendering it incomprehensible. Often with mobilising concepts that are nothing but verbiage. Installation simulating a middle-class flat in Germany in the 80s.

The written speech is processed by software that disrupts the word order.

Concept

Video and computer installation set up in the reconstructed living room of a middle-class German family. A TV monitor is juxtaposed with a computer screen. On the looping video screen, François Mitterand, President of the French Republic, giving a speech on 23 March 1983 under the panelled ceilings of the Élysée Palace (without sound). On the computer screen, all the words that make up his speech scroll continuously, processed by a special computer programme with a random function.

Device

  • 1 Sony monitor, colour, pal
  • 1 U-matic video recorder, 3/4 inch, colour
  • 1 desktop personal computer
  • 1 Formica table
  • 1 leather armchair
  • 1 1930s desk lamp
  • Catalogue édité par l’office Franco-Allemand avec un texte de présentation de Horst Wegmann.

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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