Fred Forest
7 rue Jean Arp 75013 Paris
Tel : 33 (1) 45 83 00 09
forester@worldnet.fr
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WE SHALL REMEMBER

FRED FOREST PROJECT

Realization in the sky of New York, just a step from what was formerly the World Trade Center, of a sculpture of light, in the form of a huge interactive neon sign:

Values/Dialogue/Diversty of cultural creations

A symbolic signal that the Internet users of the whole planet switch on, letter by letter, so that delivers, beyond the time, a message of memory, brotherhood and serene determination.

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PROJECT:
"WE SHALL REMEMBER" OF FRED FOREST


CONCEPT

This project is proposed by the artist Fred Forest, of international fame, considered as one of the pioneers of the art on Internet.

The concept of this project has the advantage to address all the public, with a contributive, playful, artistic and visual dimension, and especially a very high symbolic potential for this event. It presents the double advantage of a concrete, visual presence, in a physical, geographic, urban space: the city of New York, and at the same time a global presence with its Internet’s site and its webcams. It is about an artistic installation in the form of a light signal consisted of the words WE SHALL REMEMBER, at the top of a tower of New York or of a structure gone up for the occasion, in a temporary way, in a public space. The system is equipped with webcams and works in interaction on Internet under control of Internet users of the whole world. These last ones switch on, alternately, every letter, by connecting through a site dedicated to the project. The lighting of every letter is dependant of the scheduled number of calls. This site created by the artist, already constituting, in itself, a work of art of network, as well as a luminous sculpture which shines in the sky of New York.

PARTNERSHIP

- It is up to the city of New York to finance the project or to find the necessary sponsors. The city of New York can choose the executive producer, asked to manage financially the project and to go up it physically and technically, under the artistic coordination of Fred Forest, the artist.

STAKES

- For the city of New York and the USA, this project constitutes an exceptional opportunity to answer the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, by a cultural event of the very first plan, constituting a positive message sent to the whole world. A message showing clearly a will of peace, love and brotherhood, between the individuals and the peoples of the whole world. The tower (the towers) which will be of use at its summit of support of the luminous sculpture of the artist, will constitute a very strong symbol which, in a sense, will ward off the mortiferous aspect bound henceforth to this type of building, to invert positively the perception.

PHILOSOPHY

- With its invitation to make, at distance, the Internet users act in an action of playful participation, of interactive type, the project puts in evidence the fact that the technologies of communication and of information are radically changing our RELATIONSHIP TO THE WORLD, but that they may also change, also, our RELATIONSHIP WITH THE OTHER ONE and also the LINKS which unite the men of the whole world. The highly SYMBOLIC dimension of the project contributes, in the period of crisis which crosses our civilization, to deliver a positive message. A message which constitutes a signal of LOVE, of HOPE, and an asserted will of PEACE between the peoples.

FUNCTIONING

- It is the number of the calls which conditions the successive lighting of letters, in the order, according to the chosen programming for each of the letters of the luminous message.

- A campaign of specific communication accompanies the launch of the site to stimulate the participation of the Internet users.

- The challenge thrown to the Internet users consists in the fact that the work never goes out. By webcams they have on their screen a permanent visual control of it.

- Agreements of partnership and broadcasting are realized with TV, to include the participation of the television viewers, who are also, very often, at the same time, Internet users. (Internet + TV)

CONCLUSION

- The first merit of this project: it is at first its very high simplicity ! A concept within the reach of all the public, with this proposition made by an artist of a "sculpture" of light. A sculpture "sculptured" by the very Internet users from the whole world… A luminous "sculpture", which is going to shine symbolically in the sky of New York but also on the five continents… on the screens of millions and millions computers.

 

 

 

 

  

WHO IS FRED FOREST ?

EXTRACT OF THE "GRAND LAROUSSSE UNIVERSEL":

(page 242, supplement)

"Forest ( Fred), French artist (born in Mascara, today Mouaskar, Algeria, on 1933). Since his first video exhibition in Tours in 1969, he attempted to put in relation, in his creation, the social reality, the phenomena of communication and an imaginary dimension. Forest appears among the pioneers of the sociological art as initiator of a practice investigating the meaning possibilities of the video, but also the means such as radio, television, print media, telephone, cable, on-line data processing, robotics, luminous and internet electronic newspapers. Since 1994 he is a holder of the Pulpit of the Sciences of the Information and the Communication of the University of Nice. "http://www.fredforest.org"

FRED FOREST

1969   - Interactive video installation. Gallery Sainte Croix. Tours, France.

1972   - Space-media with the newspaper "Le Monde".

- "60 secondes d’interruption" (60 seconds of interruption) on the 2d French TV Channel.

- Series of experiments of press (Print media, radio, television) in France, and abroad.

1973   - Price of the communication, Biennal of Sao-Paulo, Brazil.

1976   - Biennal of Venice, Italy.

1977   - "Documenta VI", Kassel, Germany.

1982   - Personal exhibition, "Bourse de l’imaginaire" (stock exchange of the Imagination), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.

1984   - "L’imaginaire technologique" (The technological imagination), Museum del Sannio Benevento, Italy.

- "Artcom", Museums of Jerusalem and Haifa, Israel.

- "Electra", Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France.

1985   - Doctorate Es-Lettres and Human Sciences, Sorbonne, Paris, France. (Supported with electronic systems, room Louis Liard).

1986   - "XI world Congress of sociology ", New Delhi, India.

1987   - "Documenta VIII", Kassel, Germany.

1988   - Personal exhibition, Gallery Friedrich, Cologne, Germany.

- video installation, Ludwig museum, Cologne, Germany.

1989   - Julia Margaret Cameron", mediactic Action, Musée des Beaux Arts, Toulon, France.

- personal exhibition, Gallery Jacqueline Felmann, Paris, France.

- "Rituels télématiques" (telematic Rites), Arctic Circle, USSR

- Performance, Red Place, Moscow, USSR

1990   - personal exhibition, Gallery Jacqueline Rivolta, Lausanne, Switzerland.

- Price Laser d’Or, Video Festival of Locarno, Switzerland.

1991   - "Les Artistes et la lumière" (The Artists and the light), Centre of Art and of Technology, Reims,

- "La Bible électronique" (The Electronic Bible), Centre of Contemporary Art, La Base, Levallois.

- action Fred Forest: President of the Bulgarian TV.

- exhibition "Machnies à communiquer" (Machines to communicate), Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Paris, France.

1992   - "Remplissez un réservoir par téléphone" (Fill a reservoir by telephone), A.R.S.L.A.B. Arts Sciences Technologies, Mole Antonelliana museum, Turin, Italy.

1993   - "Les miradors de la Paix", (The watchtowers of the Peace), Border ex-Yugoslavia.

1994   - Holder of the "Pulpit of the Sciences of the Information and the Communication" of the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis/Séminaire Antipolis/Séminaire Fred Forest, Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Art of Nice.

- personal exhibition "Le Territoire du m2" (The Territory of m2), Gallery Donguy, France.

1995   - "De Casablanca à Locarno" (From Casablanca to Locarno), mediatic and telematic Action (National Swiss TV and radio + Internet), Grand Prix of the City of Locarno,

1996   - "Le Territoire des Réseaux" (The Territory of Networks), Creation on Internet, Imagina 96, Gallery Pierre Nouvion Monaco.

- Sale in world premiere on Internet of the digital work Parcelle/Réseau, Hôtel Drouot Paris.

1998   - "J’arrête le temps" (I stop the time), creation of a work-network within the "Feast of the Internet".

1999   - "La machine à travailler le temps" (The machine to work the time), creation of a work-network and of an installation within the framework of the exhibition Art Virtuel Esapace Landowski Boulogne Billancourt.

- "Touch-me" creation of a digital work, Milia 99.

- "Le Techno-mariage" (The techno-marriage), mediatic event and creation of a network work

- "Le centre du monde, perdu et retrouvé dans les réseaux" (The centre of the world, lost and found in networks), interactive multimedia installation + Internet, Espace Pierre Cardin Paris

2000   - "Internet graffiti", Feast of the Internet 2000

Fred FOREST was always situated in the outposts of the contemporary creation with an artistic practice in continual evolution. Having been a painter and an illustrator to newspapers "Combat" and "Les Échos", he devotes himself to researches raising from new technological media. Pioneer of the video art in the 1968s, he is the first artist to create in France, at this time, "interactive environments". He still innovates in pioneer by conceiving various forms "of experiments of press" of symbolic and critical reach. We remember his "white space" in the newspaper "Le Monde" in 1972 and of its memorable media operation of the artistic square meter… In 1973, he realizes several spectacular actions within the framework of the Biennal of Sao Paulo which brought him the Price of the communication and… his arrest by the military regime. In his artistic practice, always in pioneer, he uses: the telephone, the video, the radio, the TV, the cable, the computer, the luminous newspapers with electronic diodes, the robotic, the telematic networks… As regards networks, he will still be there, the very first, with the experimental network of Vélizy.

Co-founder of the Collective of Sociological Art in 1974, he supports in 1984 in Sorbonne a doctoral thesis of State on the Aesthetics of the communication. With Mario Costa, holder of the Pulpit of Aesthetics of the University of Salerne and Derrick de Kerckhove, director of the Program Marshall Mc Luhan at the University of Toronto, he creates an International Research Group, in which participate Roy Ascott, David Rokeby, Norman White… He taught the video to Cergy's national School of Art, and was appointed holder of the "Pulpit of the Sciences of the Information and the Communication" of the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, where he steers, from the Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Art, a seminar of international fame.

He represented France to the Biennal of Venice and to the Documenta of Kassel. He made some experimental broadcasts on radio and TV, notably on the Belgian, Swiss, Italian, Israeli, Brazilian and French national channels. In 1991 the forces of opposition in Bulgaria support his candidature at the post of President of the national TV on a project of interactive and utopian television. "La Bible Electronique" (The Electronic Bible), "les Miradors de la Paix" (the Watchtowers of the Peace) which he implants on the border of ex-Yugoslavia, his multimedia action, "De Locarno à Casablanca, l’amour revu et corrigé par l’Internet" (from Locarno to Casablanca, the love revised and corrected by the Internet), are so many spectacular actions, which constitute symbolic devices, "works" of our time, which will have a considerable media impact - demonstrating that the current art is not only an affair of museum, market and elitist public!

The work which this artist leads constitutes a thought on the very communication, its codes, its diversion, its ideological, symbolic and aesthetic foundations. In a historic situation of break, unprecedented, Fred Forest asserts: "That it is necessary to invent today the other forms of art, and not to repeat models of past, obsolete." The role of the artist being, on one hand, to put in "sensitive" evidence, how the generalized practice of the communication and of the networks interacts on all systems of perception, of representation, of our imagination and, on the other hand, to place us in situation to experiment this new environment, indicated by the word of: CYBERSPACE.

Besides, he always insists on the function of "wake-uper" of the artist, who is there, today as yesterday, to make sense, to ask the fundamental questions and to introduce a certain "spiritual" dimension without which "the promised life would be only theater of shadows, in a laboratory populated with electronic gadgets."