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1986

Tirer des fils à New Delhi

Fred Forest's performance took place at the 1986 World Congress of Sociology in New Delhi, where he was invited to take part by Leonard Heni, a professor at Utrecht University and the world pioneer of video as a sociological tool.

Communication 

New Delhi (IN)

Typology: Installation

Medium and media: Vidéo

1986

Tirer des fils, New Delhi

Fred Forest's performance took place at the 1986 World Congress of Sociology in New Delhi, to which he had been invited by Leonard Heni, a professor at Utrecht University who had pioneered the use of video as a sociological tool.

  • By sticking a suction cup with a hook on one side of a pane of glass that has been placed between the camera that is filming, and on the other a similar suction cup on the surface of the screen of the live television that will broadcast the document, we create the illusion that the two suction cups are connected to exactly the same screen. During the preparatory work and a film shot in a different location a fortnight earlier, Forest attached a wire to the suction cup and will do the same on the day of the performance. He will invite his alter ego to pull on the thread, so that the spectators of the performance can see the two Forests in different spaces and times, giving the illusion of a continuous connection of the two strings. Forest then invites his counterpart to place the apple of his hand on hers through the glass between them...

The performance will be repeated the next day on the initiative of Professor Leonard Heny between Groningen (Neerlande) and New Delhi.

The BRICK: using a similar recording device through a pane of glass, when it is broadcast on a TV monitor the illusion is created that the pane of glass on the monitor screen is shattered...

By gradually hitting the glass with a brick... when the brick shatters, you get the impression that it's the TV screen itself that is shattered and falls to pieces...

Tirer des fils New Delhi
Tirer des fils New Delhi

 

Tirer des fils New Delhi
Tirer des fils New Delhi

 

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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