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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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Aesthetics of Communication

Aesthetics of Communication

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Fred Forest's Utopia

Michael F. Leruth

The MIT Press

Chapter 2 examines Forest’s work from the 1980s through the mid-1990s, which was characterized by greater emphasis on simulation, symbolism, and the sensory; a more varied “palette” of artistic production ranging from more conventional multimedia installations to ambitious attempts to create temporary alternative channels of networked mass communication; and a series of conceptual experiments in metacommunication as defined in the Aesthetics of Communication movement. Works discussed in Chapter 2 include The Territory of the Square Meter (1980), TheStock Exchange of the Imaginary (1982), Here and Now (1983), Press Conference of Babel (1983), Learn How to Watch TV with Your Radio (1984), In Search of Julia Margaret Cameron (1988), The Electronic Bible and the Gulf War (1991), Telephonic Faucet (1992), and The Watchtowers of Peace (1993). Chapter 2 also discusses Forest’s greater interest in ecological themes, the ramifications of globalization, and more explicitly political subjects (e.g., the collapse of Communist regimes in Eastern Europe, the Gulf War, and the Yugoslav Wars) in the late 80s and early 90s.

Keywords:   Aesthetics, Communication, Aesthetics of Communication, Telecommunication, Technology, Interface, Network, Multimedia, New Media, Space-time

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