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1986

Le vase brisé

The artist has created an installation using live radio (Radio Nova) and video.
The remote radio gives orders to the artist, who carries them out...

Communication 

Typology: Performance

Medium and media: Média

1986

Vase brisé, Radio Nova

The artist has created an installation using live radio (Radio Nova) and video.
The remote radio gives orders to the artist, who carries them out...

He also plays with the perception of time, upsetting it by making a vase that he had broken a few minutes earlier reappear after the fact...

The idea is to pick up some flowers and put them in a vase. In the process, the clumsy Forest drops the vase on the floor and it shatters. The voice on the radio tells him to sweep up the debris. He does so, but at that moment a voice rises from the back of the room, where there is a large audience. The voice announced that a parcel had just arrived for Mr Forest. Mr Forest opens the parcel and takes out a video cassette. On the nearby table we see a video recorder and a TV monitor set up high on one side. In the rest of the performance, we understand that this is so that the reconstituted vase and the flowers on top of it appear normally on the screen in the direction of its full height.

The artist inserts the cassette into the VCR for viewing. Press the start button and the vase that had just been broken a few moments earlier appears on the screen, reconstituted and appearing full-length.

It's a metaphorical way for the artist to play with the chronology of time and its disruption, as the past reappears in our present. It's a game that the artist often plays in the various forms of his performances and installations. The astonishing capacity of video recording to give form, like film, to the existence of people who have long since disappeared...

PARTICIPANTS IN ARTCOM 86 ORGANISED BY NATAN KARCZMAR AND FRED FOREST Opening by Claude Mollard of the DAP

Artists :
Marc DENJEAN, MIT MITROPOULOS, ERIC SAMAKH, ALAIN SNYERS

Academics:
Vilém Flusser, Marc Borillo, Claude Faure, Bernard Teyssèdre, Flor Bex Dr from ICC Anvers

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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