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2024

The Foot Bank

DONATE YOUR FOOT TO THE INTERNATIONAL FOOT BANK LAUNCHED BY FRED FOREST AT THE CENTRE POMPIDOU FROM JANUARY 24 TO JULY 22, 2024 WITH NO LIMITATION ON SIZES.

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Paris (FR)

La Banque du pied

La Banque du pied

The Foot Bank /La Banque du pied

DONATE YOUR FOOT TO THE INTERNATIONAL FOOT BANK LAUNCHED BY FRED FOREST AT THE CENTRE POMPIDOU FROM JANUARY 24 TO JULY 22, 2024 WITH NO LIMITATION ON SIZE. (You already give us all the rights of use BY YOUR PARTICIPATION).
The Foot Bank is a participatory action that invites visitors to symbolically take possession of the Internet by "putting their foot down" on it, like an explorer treading on a new land for the first time. With the growing importance of technology in our daily lives, our mobility has been greatly reduced, with less strain on the organs needed for walking. By exhibiting feet, Fred Forest mischievously points out the risk of seeing them relegated to the museum. At the same time, he makes them a precious commodity, at odds with their often trivial and even negative place in the collective imagination. 
Call for participation in the BANQUE DU PIED (deodorised on arrival)
HOW TO USE THE FOOT BANK
FROM YOUR HOME OR FROM THE CENTRE POMPIDOU, AT THE ENTRANCE TO ITS EXHIBITION, LOCATED ON THE 4TH FLOOR IN THE NEW MEDIA SPACE.

  • Sit down and take off the shoe on your right foot. Place your bare foot on a sheet of A4 paper and draw the outline of its imprint.
  • Add your first name or pseudonym (never your name), your country and town of origin in capital letters.
  • Using your preferred technique, create your work inside the foot without going beyond the imprint: pen, felt-tip pen, watercolour, wash, paint, photography, digital practices, collages, etc. All techniques are accepted.
  • Once your creation is complete, scan it or take a photo of it with your smartphone and send your scan or photo by email to the following address: labanquedupied@centrepompidou.fr    
  • Your photo will then appear on the screen of your smartphone or computer at the same time as a large wall of images on the walls of the Centre Pompidou in the Fred Forest exhibition.
    As you wait patiently to see your entry scroll past, along with all the others, you can log on to La Banque du pied at any time by clicking on this link: https://flockler.embed.codes/j59zej
    DON'T FORGET TO PASS ON AND SHARE THIS OPPORTUNITY WITH YOUR FRIENDS NEAR YOU AND ALL OVER THE WORLD... THEY'LL HAVE THE SATISFACTION OF SEEING THEIR WORK EXHIBITED AT THE SAME TIME AT THE CENTRE POMPIDOU.
    You are reminded that your participation constitutes a donation that you are making to the artist, which henceforth constitutes his full property, which he undertakes, however, never to sell for personal profit.

    WITH THIS WORK BY FRED FOREST, THE CENTRE POMPIDOU IS TAKING OVER THE SPACE OF THE NETWORKS, MULTIPLYING ITS EXTENSIVE M2 SURFACE AREA INFINITELY. 
    INDEPENDENTLY OF ITS ARTISTIC INTEREST, THIS ACTION ALSO REVEALS THIS ARTIST AS A JUDICIOUS AND REMARKABLE MARKETING MAN. 

LONG BIOGRAPHY OF FRED FOREST

Fred Forest has a special place in contemporary art. Both by his personality and by his pioneering practices which mark his work. He is mainly known today for having used one by one most of the communication media that have appeared over the last fifty years. He is co-founder of three artistic movements: those of sociological art, the aesthetics of communication and ethics in art.

He represented France at the 12th São Paulo Biennale (Communication Prize) in 1973, at the 37th Venice Biennale in 1976 and at Documenta 6 in Kassel in 1977.

EXHIBITION AT THE CENTRE POMPIDOU FROM JANUARY 24 TO JULY 22, 2024

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