I am pleased to announce you the launching of an artistic and social project aiming at discussing issues such as “Sustainable development”, “Art and Ethic”, “Art and Ecology” that is going to open on February 28th.
This is an opening of an Experimental Territory Center and Social Laboratory on the virtual world of Second Life and at Christian Depardieu Gallery, Nice (France). This is a Fred Forest artistic creation with the participation of several mediterraneen and international partners.
The LEBANESE ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS (LEBANON)
The UNIVERSITY OF SALERNO (ITALY)
LE GROUPE AMI (FRANCE)
ASSOCIATION CAPUCINE (FRANCE)
GALERIE 10m2 SARAJEVO (BOSNIE)
FONDATION ITAU CULTURAL SAO PAULO (BRESIL)
THE LABORATORY OF THE ARTS OF TORONTO (CANADA)
THE SLOUGHT FOUNDATION OF PHILADELPHIA (USA)
THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART OF SAO PAULO (BRAZIL)
One week before the municipal elections in France, Fred Forest begins his think take for the future project.
On this occasion, an initial theme will be developed from aesthetic, ethical, philosophical and social angle: « Sustainable development »
Political personalities are invited to express and debate their positions on this question in accordance with their electoral agenda (A later press release will provide a record of these positions. Journalists will have to request to have their credentials approved in order to ensure their Avatar is present in real time). Aside from the presentations offered by various political personalities, access of the Experimental Territory Center and Social Laboratory is open to all
Following the elections and over time, the Experimental Territory Center will advance other themes for debate thereby constituting a worldwide technology-assisted brainstorming thanks to the implementation of the capucine.net authentification card.
This reflection will take place under the auspices, authority and wisdom of the philosopher Plato whose cave shadows (in this instance, mathematical objects and entities) will be constantly present in the debating room in order to ensure, irony notwithstanding, that there is no clouding of judgement, clarity or authenticity.
The Internet users visiting the Center will have the possibility to appropriate the Territory’s interactive plots of land, visible on the ground, to pass their own message in the form of a hyperlink concerning the theme of the discussion. This page will be archived in a database. It will fill one of the Territory’s free plots of land. The Internet users are invited to communicate their URL to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Only messages dealing with the subject at hand will be installed (settled) on one of the available plots of land.
The pink quadrangle at the center of the Territory, based on active plots of land, represents the original historical matrix of Fred Forest’s territorial matrix.
Opening on the February 28th of 2008 at 6pm at Christian Depardieu Gallery, Nice (France) and on Second Life
Fred Forest is a pioneer in Contemporary Art, with an artistic practice in constant evolution.
After being a painter and scketcher for the French newspapers ” Combat ” and ” Les Echos “, he devotes his career to research new modes of art creation with the opportunities offered by modern media technology. In his artistic practice, he uses: the telephone, video, radio, TV, cable, computers, luminous electronic newspapers (LED), robotics, telematic, networks…
Co-founder of the Sociological Art group in 1974, he graduates with a Ph.D. in Literature at Sorbonne University in 1984 with a research on Communication Aesthetics.
With Mario Costa , Professor of Aesthetics at Palerno University, and Derrick de Kerchove, Director of the Marshall MacLuhan Program at the University of Toronto, he creates an International Research Group, with participants such as Roy Ascott, David Rokeby, Norman White…
He teaches Video filming at the National Art School of Cergy, and was appointed as permanent Professor of Communication and Information Sciences at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, where he directs an internationally known seminar on communication aesthetics at the Modern Art and Contemporary Art Museum of Nice.
For him, the role of the artist is to bring out in a sensible way how the present practice of communication and the networks attached to it interact with our perception , imagination, and representation systems as a whole. Finally, Fred Forest sees the artist as the ” Initiator “, the one who was always there, yesterday as much as today, to make sense, to ask the important questions, and to introduce a spiritual dimension to life, a promised life that would otherwise be a ” shadow theater “, in a laboratory populated with … electronic avatars.
Quelques liens supplementaires a mon email precedent!
http://www.webnetmuseum.org/press for details in english
http://www.webnetmuseum.org/dossierdepresse/ for details in french
A video about the project :
Article de presse (francais)