experience on the media of unpublished type
(Paris, December 1975) Sociologist
What seems interesting
to me at Fred Forest, it is that he delivers himself to experiences
on media of type quite unpublished, his experiences have multiple
facets. On one hand, they look like a kind of art of the immediate.
It is art. But it is also a provocation, an intervention,
a social act, sometimes to the limit nearly political. Finally
of another side again, maybe an invitation to a sociological
reflection. One could believe that it is a kind of joker that
has fun to put white spaces in the newspapersÖ One even can,
to the limit, consider him as a kind of experimental handyman.
It is already very beautiful because the handymen have the
real imagination. But Fred Forest, beyond the appearances,
goes more farther than this. He goes to the source of everything
that is important for us, human beings, individual and social
at a time, - sources of dreams, of imagination, of creativeness
that only ask to express - that is always more or less blocked,
asphyxiated in us. Therefore, he tries to encourage this expression.
What I find important in his activity, it is that he is to
the root, and everything that is to the root, doesn't have
a name, cannot be classified. The things that can be classified
are the things of surface, the things that can be separate
in slices. Is Fred Forest an artist? Yes, but not only. Is
he a researcher? Essentially but not in the restricted sense
that one often gives today to this word as in scientific researcherÖ
Is he a public man?
Yes, but of a different kind of public action. I think that
today's world in its anonymity, its bureaucratization, and
all its tendencies that push it to a way of mechanics, this
world needs of animators, of hecklers. That means people who
shake it, who wake it up, who give it a soul.