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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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Experiments in Cyber-Liminality

Experiments in Cyber-Liminality

(p.135) 3 Experiments in Cyber-Liminality
Fred Forest's Utopia

Michael F. Leruth

The MIT Press

Chapter 3 considers Forest’s internet-based art from the mid-1990s through the present, with particular emphasis on ritualistic and festive manifestations of public liminality that take place online or make the internet an integral part of the event, and on more whimsical exercises in parody and the détournement of interfaces reminiscent of his early experiments with print and broadcast media. Works discussed in Chapter 3 includeFrom Casablanca to Locarno: Love Updated by the Internet and Electronic Media (1995),Time-Out (1998), The Techno-Wedding (1999), The Center of the World (1999), Territorial Outings (2001), Meat: The Territory of the Body and the Networked Body (2002), Memory Pictures (2005), The Experimental Research Center of the Territory (2008), The Traders’ Ball (2010), Ego Cyberstar and the Problem of Identity (2010), Ebb and Flow: The Internet Cave (2011), and Sociological Walk with Google Glass (2014). Chapter 3 also explains Forest’s unique position in the acrimonious “Quarrel of Contemporary Art” (Querelle de l’art contemporain) that raged among French intellectuals and in the media in the 1990s and early 2000s and highlights his contributions to France’s annual Internet Festival, which he helped create.

Keywords:   Internet, Net Art, Web Art, Cyberspace, Liminality, Ritual, Festivity, Querelle de l’art contemporain, Second Life, Social Media

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