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1985

Sculpture téléphonique planétaire

GALERIE ISY BRACHOT, F.I.A.C., PARIS - 10 OCTOBER 1985
Twelve telephone correspondents have been prepared around the world to form a continuous chain that circles the globe. The artist faces the public. 

Communication 

Typology: Dispositif

1985

Sculpture téléphonique planétaire

GALERIE ISY BRACHOT, F.I.A.C., PARIS - 10 OCTOBRE 1985

Concept

Twelve telephone correspondents have been set up around the world to form a continuous chain that circles the globe. The artist faces the audience. He has placed two telephones (one blue, one red) on a table in front of him, close together and in contact. Picking up the receiver of the blue phone, the artist dials the area code of his first correspondent, who is in Brussels. Once he has identified himself, he asks him to pass on the following message to the second caller on hold: "blah blah blah, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. "Then Forest hangs up his handset, while his Belgian correspondent is instructed to pass the message on to the next correspondent in Cologne, Germany, the one in Cologne will call the one on hold in Switzerland, the one on hold in Switzerland will call the one on hold in Italy, and so on...
The message will take exactly 42 minutes 30 seconds to circle the globe, and the telephone sculpture will be complete as soon as the red telephone rings in Paris.

Device

  • A 100m2 space on the Isy Brachot gallery stand, with Paul Delvaux and René Magritte on the walls.
  • Reportage en direct d'Emmanuel Denne pour l'émission " L'oreille en coin " de France-Inter, Radio-France

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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