Don Foresta

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  • ISEA2023

    Don Foresta (US/FR) is a research artist and theoretician in art using new technologies as creative tools. He is a specialist in art and science whose principal work in the field, “Mondes Multiples”, will soon be published in a second edition in English and French. He is formerly a professor at the Ecole Nationale Supèrieure d’Arts Décoratifs – Paris, Ecole Nationale Supèrieure d’Arts -Paris/Cergy and a research fellow at the London School of Economics. He has been working for 40 years in developing the network as an artistic tool and is presently building a permanent high band-width network, MARCEL, for artistic, educational and cultural experimentation <> which now has 350 confirmed members. He began MARCEL while invited artist/professor at the National Studio of Contemporary Art, Le Fresnoy, Lille France and a research fellow of the Arts and Humanities Research Council at the Wimbledon School of Art in London. His first on-line exchange in 1981 was between the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT where he was a fellow and the American Center in Paris where he was director of the Media Art program. He was a commissioner to the 42nd Venice Biennial in 1986 where he built one of the first computer networks between artists. Foresta holds a doctorate degree from the Sorbonne in Information Science and a Master’s from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced Internation Studies. He has both US and French nationalities and was named “Chevalier” of the Order of Arts and Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. He is also membre of a groupe de reflexion, GRAMHONA at the Collége de France.

    Born 1938 in Buffalo, NY, USA, he is an artist, researcher and educator in art and science and art and technology with a long history of art and the network. He created the MARCEL network for artistic collaboration in 2000, and is currently its international coordinator.


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