[ISEA2000] Panel: Fred Forest – ABOUT THE APPEARANCE OF DIGITAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL ARTS: For a Rehabilitation of the Memory

Panel Statement

ALL DAY PANELS, UNIVERSITE DE PARIS 1, U.F.R. d’Arts Plastiques et Sciences de l’Art,  Panel 2

No more than a spontaneous generation regarding living organisms, there is no appearance ex-nihilo in the Art ! There are forms of art which prepared the emergence of the Web Art and of network, such as these forms develop and impose themselves today. Concepts like those of combinative, interactivity, network, remote presence, remote action, ubiquity, transfer of the statute of the author, like that of receiver, which are fundamental elements of the art of today, had already a historical «existence» even before the uses of the computer and those of telematics appear and spread. Some functional «mechanical» data became, with the time, today, true «ideologies», of which those, for example, the «interactivity» and the «relation» which don’t owe anything, in truth of their existence at the beginning, nor with data processing, not more than with the Internet… Indeed, the interaction existed well before the appearance of such technologies, as first condition, as basic condition, of the development of any form of life on the ground.

A proposal from Fred Forest

  • Anne-Marie Duguet, France(CHAIR). Trained in the sociology of art, writer and critic Anne-Marie Duguet has taught theater and sociology of television at the University of Paris 1, where she is now assistant professor in the Arts Department and directs the Center for Research on Film and Audiovisual Arts. She also teaches the aesthetics of electronic and computer images. After creating a video workshop in 1973, she began specializing in video in the late 1970s and was a member of the editorial board of Vidéoglyphes from 1979 to 1981. In 1981 she published one of the first books in France dealing with video as a means of expression, Vidéo, la mémoire au poing, which dealt with alternative social practices, conditions of access to production in France, the use of the medium as a critique of television, and the involvement of women in video. Duguet has observed a wide range of social, political, and artistic styles in video. In 1991 she organized an exhibition on the work of Jean-Christophe Averty, the French pioneer of special effects for television, and in 1993, a retrospective of the work of video artist Thierry Kuntzel [source: newmedia-art.org/english/glossaire/ANNEMARIEDUGUET.htm]
  • Fred Forest, France    fredforest.org
  • Mario Costa “Professore Ordinario” of Aesthetics at Salerno University and “chargé de cours” of Ethics and Aesthetics of Communication at Nice Sophia-Antipolis University Department of Philosophy , Salerno University (Italy) [source: generativeart.com/on/cic/papersGA2004/16.htm]
  • Edmond Couchot, France is a French digital artist and art theoretician. [source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmond_Couchot]