My place in society does not allow me to play Russian roulette, to open a casino, to carry on a sexual relationship with Bill Clinton, to dress myself out of a fashion magazine, to wear sneakers Made in China. My place in society requires me to barely lift a finger, to spy on my concierge, to wait for the bus, to reread the rules which govern my access to the penal code, to put my socks on right side out, to carry on a normal conversation, to correctly spell the following words: ? WARNING, DON?T MOVE, YOU?RE ON CAMERA? (tonelessly), to open a bank account, to climb the walls, to smoke and drink to excess. I?m a folk tale hero. 340,000 copies sold every year. I hold the department store sales record for 40 years. To answer to the question: What color is Henry IV?s white horse? Question... Answer...


series of actions and performances,

initiated by Catherine Baÿ

Snow White’s Banquet at the Pompidou Centre - July 2010

Artists invited to Snow White’s Banquet by Laboratoire A235 :
Laurent Friquet, Pascal Lièvre, Tsuneko Taniuchi, Pauline Colonna d’Istria et Florian Gaité, Azzedine Saleck, Christoph Hefti, Le Grand Bizarre, Carole Douillard, Lindaboie, Lea Zitrone, Thierry Mouillé, Robert Kluijver

Catherine Baÿ has also produced a video programme based on the video collections of the Pompidou Centre and the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid (


Begun in 2002, "Snow White" Project proceeds via a series of performance events. This installation at the Pompidou Centre from 19th to 25th of July 2010 formed a natural extension of the project in the form of a strange Banquet in which some fifteen Snow Whites took part. They made this meal into an accumulation of gestures and movements, somewhere between collective madness, childlike behaviour, and a fairground throwing game. Faced with the passage of time, the movements of these Snow Whites changed, causing shifts of meaning. These Snow Whites had been there for an unknown length of time and ceaselessly repeated the rituals of a meal that never stopped ending. Artists and personalities were invited to share the banquet, creating interconnections between very different worlds. The Banquet set out to bring these worlds face to face with the Pompidou Centre, whose history, architecture and heritage already form part of our collective memory but which is also a place that is open to ongoing creative processes. The Snow Whites, folk tale characters which have become ordinary consumer products, were here at the very heart of the Pompidou Centre; they took possession of the place and invited artists and thinkers to their table in order to ‘consume’ the history of our culture.