La course de lenteur

A participatory project for the public space by Fanny de Chaillé

Course de lenteur was created on the 5th June 2010 during the Festival Traverses 92 in Issy-les-Moulineaux.


The race is a test of speed, a competition over a distance, a given route.
I want to organize a race for many people in the public space. In a time when society promotes a certain distinctive speed, aggressiveness, competitiveness, productivity, I want to organize a race that reverses its nature, its calling by inventing a new rule: the loser is the winner!
This race is a slow race, it follows the rules of this type of competition, but its purpose is reversed: it is he who comes last, who is the slowest, who wins the race. Anybody can register, the course is approximately 50 meters long and the rule is simple: to move forward, always forward. Stops and reversals are prohibited. To move forward, as slowly as possible, in order to be the last competitor to reach the finish line.