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Michael F. Leruth

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036498

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036498.001.0001

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Fred Forest, Troublemaker

Fred Forest, Troublemaker

(p.1) Introduction: Fred Forest, Troublemaker
Fred Forest's Utopia

Michael F. Leruth

The MIT Press

The Introduction establishes Forest’s artistic identity as a trickster and troublemaker through some of his most famous publicity stunts and subversive public interventions. Works discussed in the Introduction include 150 cm2 of Newspaper (1972), The City Invaded by Blank Space (1973), The Artistic Square Meter (1977), The Golden Mean and the Force Field of 14,000 Hertz (1987), Fred Forest for President of Bulgarian National Television (1991), and Forest’s unauthorized protest performance at the Centre Pompidou’s Vidéo Vintage exhibition (2012). The Introduction also discusses Forest’s contributions as a theorist and educator, his ties to leading intellectuals and critics like Vilém Flusser and Pierre Restany, and his tense relations with French art institutions, including his epic legal battle with the Centre Pompidou (1994-97).

Keywords:   Art Pranks, Détournement, Tactical Media, Culture Jamming, Activist Art, Newspaper Art, Outsider Art, Art Establishment, Restany, Centre Pompidou

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