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The Resource Fred Forest's utopia : media art and activism, Michael F. Leruth

Fred Forest's utopia : media art and activism, Michael F. Leruth

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Fred Forest's utopia : media art and activism
Title
Fred Forest's utopia
Title remainder
media art and activism
Statement of responsibility
Michael F. Leruth
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The innovative French media artist and prankster-provocateur Fred Forest first gained notoriety in 1972 when he inserted a small blank space in Le Monde, called it 150 cm 2 of Newspaper ( 150 cm 2 de papier journal), and invited readers to fill in the space with their own work and mail their efforts to him. In 1977, he satirized speculation in both the art and real estate markets by offering the first parcel of officially registered "artistic square meters" of undeveloped rural land for sale at an art auction. Although praised by leading media theorists -- Vilem Flusser lauded Forest as "the artist who pokes holes in media" -- Forest's work has been largely ignored by the canon-making authorities. Forest calls himself "France's most famous unknown artist." 00In this book, Michael Leruth offers the first book-length consideration of this iconoclastic artist, examining Forest's work from the 1960s to the present. Leruth shows that Forest chooses alternative platforms (newspapers, mock commercial ventures, video-based interactive social interventions, media hacks and hybrids, and, more recently, the Internet) that are outside the exclusive precincts of the art world.0A fierce critic of the French contemporary art establishment, Forest famously sued the Centre Pompidou in 1994 over its opaque acquisition practices. After making foundational contributions to Sociological Art in the 1970s and the Aesthetics of Communication in the 1980s, the pioneering Forest saw the Internet as another way for artists to bypass the art establishment in the 1990s. Arguing that there is a strong utopian quality in Forest's work, Leruth sees this utopianism not as naive or conventional but as a reverse utopianism: rather than envisioning an impossible ideal, Forest reenvisions and probes the quasi-utopia of our media-augented everyday reality
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Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Leruth, Michael F.,
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Leonardo
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Forest, Fred
  • Forest, Fred
  • Art and social action
  • Art and social action
  • France
Label
Fred Forest's utopia : media art and activism, Michael F. Leruth
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
964698473
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 245 pages
Isbn
9780262036498
Lccn
2016054828
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)964698473
Label
Fred Forest's utopia : media art and activism, Michael F. Leruth
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
964698473
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 245 pages
Isbn
9780262036498
Lccn
2016054828
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)964698473

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