its official launching the Web Net Museum dedicates a complete
retrospective to Fred Forest, the more mediatized French artist
and, paradoxically, maybe, the less
Certainly now, everybody knows its name. Notably since his
interventions on Internet. But how much know, in truth, his
artistic practice ? One says of him he is the pope of
the networks and one names him, familiarly, Citizen Fred !
He is indeed, in France as artist, the inescapable pioneer
of the means of modern communication. But, once again, how
much know in depth a work of research he pursued, in a coherent
way, on more of three decades now ? Making this artist,
as says gladly Pierre Restany, the visionary and undisputed
artist of this new culture of the interactive communication
that is imposed to our societies.
goal of this online retrospective, its first for the
Web Net Museum to deliver to the public, for its own information,
as for to the pretended licensed "specialists" of
contemporary art, the reality and the consistence of a "impressive"
artistic convenient, so much by its mass of production than
by its originality. A mass of information, actions, performances,
thoughts, works,... Its there, now, under our eyes on
the Web Net Museum ! No one will be able to ignore, for
ever, for those, of which the legitimacy seriously put back
in question to the official coterie, that will have demonstrated,
once besides, lack of clairvoyance on everything that anticipates.
second objective that we assigned ourselves and to which this
online retrospective answers, its to put at the disposal
of the illuminated amateurs, the researchers, the academic
and historians, a corpus of information on which they will
be able to work henceforth, in order to remedy in France,
at an endemic deficiency that deprives our best artists of
the minimum support of information. A support and an help
that would finally give them, to equal chance, the possibility
to put forward their qualities in the international competition.
we attend a redistribution of the cards and powers in the
society, the role of the Web Net Museum will be precisely
to compensate a notorious lack of information on some artists,
creating out of the traditional market, by a voluntarist politic,
committed on everything that changes. Beyond this role, we
will tempt to put in evidence that in our societies in mutation,
the processes of recognition as well in art than in others
sectors of activities, where we already note the effects of
it, undergo a deep putting back in question, driving to a
displacement of the values. In this conjuncture all becomes
again possible, now, for those that, with the requisite expertise,
the enthusiasm and the necessary will, are ready to push to
so that the wheel turns. And chance will be
them more open if is added
a sharp sense of the realities,
minimum imagination, the means and the indispensable know-how
concerning electronic communication.
than two months after having confided to Louis-José
Lestocart the online organisation of a generative art exhibition,
to Susanna Sulic to achieve an exhibition on the theme of
art at the post-biologic time, organized, in exclusive rights
after "Interactive World", a face-to-face between
Pierre Lévy and Philippe Breton, put in place an exhaustive
retrospective of Fred Forest, we ask for ourselves in what
and why we would not be in right to claim this legitimacy
that of the extravagant and inefficient institutions monopolize
unduly. The online retrospective of a given artist that we
offer now to the internauts, all over the world, is a first
answer to this deficiency.
assume better this challenge that we are convinced, already,
it can be won, if we wait for nothing else that to make sense
in a society that need of it in year I of this 3rd millennium.