Don Foresta

Don Foresta, network research artist who has been working for more than thirty years to develop the network as an artistic tool ::: Saturday, September 23, 11:00am-12:00pm (EDT US East Coast / calculate your time zone) ::: Networked Conversations is hosted by Randall Packer ::: live & online & free via Internet chat.

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| About Don Foresta |

Don Foresta is a network research artist who has been working for more than thirty years to develop the network as an artistic tool. An ex-patriot living in Paris since the early 1970s, he is a recipient of the prestigious Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture.

He was a commissioner to the 1982 Paris Biennale for which he organized a project of image exchange by telephone between French and American photographers/artists.  In 1986 he was a commissioner to the 42nd Venice Biennale, creating a temporary communication laboratory using interactive computer technology to connect artists in 15 cities throughout the world.

Since 1988 he has been building a permanent international, interactive artists’ network, permitting creative interaction over long distances between artists and art institutions using video and computer technologies linked to high-speed networks.  His book, “Mondes Multiples”, on the convergence of art and science in western culture, was published in 1991.  He later created a major conference on art and science in Prague with the Council of Europe under the presidency of Vaclav Havel. He also developed the seminal series of Souillac Conferences, bringing together artists, specialists in art and communication, industry and government to debate and develop advanced art and technology projects.

Foresta is currently building, as coordinator of an international team, the permanent high bandwidth art network MARCEL using Internet 2 & 3 to connect institutions internationally. MARCEL is a permanent broadband interactive network and web site dedicated to artistic, educational and cultural experimentation, exchange between art and science and collaboration between art and industry.

| About Networked Conversations |

Networked Conversations is a series of live, online interviews hosted by Randall Packer, a presentation of the Third Space Network. The series features media artists, curators, writers, and activists discussing a broad range of topics at the intersection of social, political and aesthetic issues relevant to net culture. Networked Conversations collapses geographical and cultural boundaries via participatory Internet chat, and is free & open & accessible from anywhere in the world.

Upcoming events include:

Second Front, first performance art group in the online virtual world of Second Life, Saturday, October 28, 11:00am (ET).

Ruth Catlow & Marc Garrett, co-directors of the London-based Furtherfield gallery for art, technology and social change, Saturday, November 18, 11:00am (ET)

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