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Fargier Jean-Paul

Fargier Jean-Paul

born in 1944, FRANCE

critical, writer, director, teacher, videographer, journalist

Born in 1944 in Aubenas (France). Writer, critic, film director, associate professor (cinema and video art) à the Université Paris 8. One of the best connoisseur of video. He published: Atteinte à la fiction de l'état (roman, Gallimard, 78) Les bons à rien (pamphlet, Gallimard-Presses d'aujourd'hui,1980) - Jean-Luc Godard (en col. avec Jean Collet, 1974 Seghers - Nam June Paik (art press, 89) - L'invention du paysage (essai sur le photographe Laurent Millet, Isthme, 2004) - The Reflecting Pool, infra Bill ultra Viola (2005, Yellow Now) et de nombreux articles dans des catalogues, des ouvrages collectifs. Il a réalisé (parmi 90 films, installations, émissions) : 1973 Cerisay elles ont osé, 1/2 pouce, NB, 4O'' (Les Cent Fleurs - 1979 Notes d'un magnétoscopeur (Les Cent Fleurs) - 1981 Paradis vidéo (avec Ph. Sollers) 6O', Vidéomontage - 1984 Joyce Digital, 33' (Tivi ou tivi pas) - Godard-Sollers : l'entretien, 75' (Tivi ou tivi pas) - 1985 Choses vues, 50 x 7' (avec M. Piccoli), INA, TF1 - 1986 "Robin des voix", 30' (avec J-C Gallotta) INA, Antenne 2 - 1990 Mémoires d'aveugle, 5O' (avec Jacques Derrida), Films d'Ici Play it again, Nam, 28' Canal +, Ex Nihilo - 1991 Tardieu ou le voir-dit, 25' co-réal. F. Dax, La Sept, FR3 - 1995 Charles Péguy (47'), Ex Nihilo - FR3 - 1996 L'Origine du Monde (26') Ex Nihilo/Arte - Paris Première - 1997 Malaparte (45') - Ex Nihilo, FR3 - 1998 Martial Solal (52') - Ex Nihilo, Arte Man Ray (52') - La 5eme, FR3, Paris Première, Les Tambours Gaston Chaissac (52'), Les tambours de soie, FR3, RTBF - 2000 Versailles, les jardins du pouvoir (52') Cinétévé - Arte - 2001 La guerre des codes n'aura pas lieu (52') - Guilgamesh, F5 Goya ou la lucidité (26') - Lapsus, La 5eme La commande Publique (52') - Terra Luna, La 5eme - 2002 La carnavalite (52') 1 + 1 prod, France 3 - 2003 Cocteau et cie (52') - Cinétévé, France 5 Le Goncourt des Goncourt (52') - Cinétévé, France 3 - 2004 Ma couleur préférée (52') Lapsus, France 5 - 2005 La chasse au bonheur (52'), 1 + 1 prod, France 3 Les Voyageurs de la Korriganne (52') Dokumenta, F 5 - 2006 Les Nymphéas, le grand rêve de Monet (52') Films d'Ici, Jour après jour (65'), film posthume de Jean-Daniel Pollet (prod. Ex Nihilo).

If video art is "self-consciousness of television", like I often said so, digital technology is the conscience of what? Of nothing. We would be tempted to say: of itself, it is chasing its own tail with satisfaction shouts. But no, if it was conscious itself, it would at least know that it is upposed to give video wings. But it thinks that it is here in order to replace the world. Digital technology is a soulless being. This is its weakness (debility itself) as well as its strength. It can do anything: invent never before seen something. But it hardly ever does so since it thinks the slightest fart of its is a symphony. Video matched to the real, digital technology matches to nothign, only to itself. This is why it is a standing-still art, a cheating technique. That day when it will meet its Other, then it will take off. We will just have to pack up and hop in the skyrocket. In the meantime, it is necessary to correct (I cannot resist): video art has invented it all, even digital technology, not the contrary.

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