In his dual role of artist and director of the private estate company of the artistic square metre, Fred Forest has created the "TERRITORY OF THE ARTISTIC SQUARE METRE".
He is personnaly responsible for the running of it, its development and all schemes to be realised upon it in the future.

The Fondations

The area is established in the open air on a surface of one thousand square metres of land. Each square metre is visualised on the ground by a system of bordering which sets out its perimeter. Numerous fixtures protect the in the installations on the ground and allow pedestrian traffic. A building has been annexed to the site, and this constitutes the seat of the administration - with its conference room, a secretariat and an archive.

Development and organisation

The territory of the artistic square metre is an area of creativity which includes the setting-up of various arrangements on site which materialise in a concrete way. This area is divided up on the ground according to a geometric structure whose base unit is the square metre.
The territory of the artistic square metre is the symbolic lieu par excellence of the manifestations of life in all their biological, chemical, political, cultural and social force.
It is a privileged milieu of different creations which are realised on the spot in manifold forms.
For example, Fred Forest launches regular artistico-property programmes : individual dwellings, public gardens, areas for contemplation, cobbled streets for controversial demonstrations, banks, airports, stations, industrial complexes, and so on ...
Each holder of an artistic square metre can subscribe to the programme of his choice and see his project realised in concrete terms, in the form of a model on the scale of the artistic square metre - on condition that he has obtained the necessary authorisation of the territorial administration.
Each operation gives rise to an exclusive and unique artistico-administrative signed by the artist-director (which can include diverse documents : plans, photographs, and so on ...), and this dossier automatically becomes the property of the holder of the artistic square metre who has financed the programme.
Reciprocal propositions for such programmes may of course be made on the initiative of the owners of the territority. To summarise : the "collector" acquires, step by step and in a coherent and continuous fashion, a series of autonomous "works", over which he hold sole sovereignty at the same time as his successive options are realised on the land options made concrete in the form of permanent models. Thus the territory is born, it grows, it develops as a pattern of critical simulation of land organisation in relation to the existing reality of urbanism.

The Running, Administration, Creation, and Information side of the scheme.

The running of the whole as well as the artistic direction of the territory depends on the artist who fixes the rule and sees that they are carried out. At the same time an individual consultative system and the possibility of free referenda guarantees minimum democratic rights. The roles of the artist as animator, organiser and director are integrating parts of his creation ; therefore, as an artist he co-ordinates and directs the operation in its entirety.
In certain cases, he assembles a committee of experts : urbanist, representatives of consumer associations, sociologists, philosophers, legal experts, poets, art critics, artists, plumbers, and so on ...
In his role as an artist offering his services he ensures regular information on the progress of the territory in a three-monthly bulletin, numbered and signed. Only the citizen-owners of artistic square metres are entitled to this service (which is free and gratis). Various publications are foreseen, especially that of a book narrating the lives and daily existence of the inhabitants of the territory.

Final Summary

The idea of the artistic square metre, its realisation and functioning, have as their united aim the construction of a representation of social, cultural, political and economic phenomena.
All schemes realised on the area are one of two types - they are either "happenings" or "concrete schemes" - and are carried out on the initiative of the director or at the express request of the citizens of the territory after agreement of all parties. The territory may be visited. A boundary wall delineates the perimeter. A red neon sign announces its existence. When models are set up on the territory, site visits are organised. The citizens of the territory are invited to meetings in the form of informal sittings. The owners of the blocks of land are the exclusive beneficiaries of the invitations and publications to come. Organised visits are foreseen for the public, as well as "open days". Finally, various colloquies on the problems of society are organised on the spot.