The Trader’s Ball
An Installation
by Fred Forest
curated by Robert C. Morgan
produced by ferdinand(corte)TM
June 11-July 2nd, 2010

With his trademark over the top irony, Forest rubs salt in the wounds of the free market banking industry, mocking their response to the financial crisis that has shaken the world. This installation will include corporate mannequins dancing the night away in The LAB and parallel scenes of jovial ignorance taking place via Second Life on large screens in the gallery. The action will take place to music by New York rapper Jamalski, who will orchestrate the movements of the dancers to a syncopated beat based on the real time fluctuation of the financial markets. To see the project’s website go to:

This work was in conjunction with a piece based around Forest’s Second Life avatar, Ego Cyberstar, which showed at The Science Fair at Flux Factory, June 5th- 13th 2010.

Fred Forest is a French new media artist. He is the holder of a state doctorate in the humanities from the Sorbonne and has also taught on the faculty of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art, Cergy-Pontoise and University of Nice Sophia Antipolis. Forest has taken part in the Biennale of Venice (1976) and the Documenta of Kassel (1977, 1987) and his work has won awards at the Bienal do São Paulo (1973) and the Festival of Electronic Arts of Locarno (1995). In 2004, Forest’s archives, including his video works, were added to the collection of the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel of France and a retrospective of his work was held at the Slought Foundation in Philadelphia in 2007. Beginning in 2008, Forest launched a new series of performances in the environment of Second Life.

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