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Virtuosités ou Les sublimes aventures de la technique

Virtuosities, or the Sublime Adventures of Technique
Edited by Victor A. Stoichita, Emmanuel Grimaud and Graham Jones

No matter what it is applied to—in a stunning turn, a complicated motif, a very fast solo, a dangerous acrobatic move, a machine that is particularly good at performing certain operations—, virtuosity evokes a kind of empowerment and self-celebration of technique, while also to some extent being the sublimation or surpassing of this. Taking examples from worlds that are rarely confronted, this issue sets out to show how the “facts of virtuosity” enable us to think differently about the relationship between art and technique.

Contributors: Emmanuel Grimaud, Aurélie Helmlinger, Antoine Hennion, Graham Jones, Denis Laborde, Zaven Paré, Stéphane Rennesson et Denis Vidal

Editor's notes

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  • Victor A. Stoichita, Emmanuel Grimaud and Graham Jones
    Préambule [Full text]
    De la technique comme contorsion
  • Antoine Hennion
    La virtuosité, une vérité de la performance musicale ?
    As fast as possible…
    Virtuosity, a truth of musical performance?
  • Denis Laborde
    Glenn Gould et Georges Cziffra en figures de l’ascèse pianistique
    The hermit and the virtuoso
    Glenn Gould and Georges Cziffra figures of pianistic asceticism
  • Aurélie Helmlinger
    La compétition des steelbands de Trinidad et Tobago
    Virtuosity as a weapon of psychological warfare
    Steelband contests in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Victor A. Stoichita
    L’imitation bruitiste dans le folklore américain au début du xxe siècle
    Between prowess and derision
    Noise imitation in American folklore at the beginning of the xxth century
  • Graham Jones
    Formes de l’adresse chez les magiciens évangéliques
    Ambivalent virtuosos
    Forms of skills among evangelical magicians
  • Denis Vidal
    Robotics and principle of virtuosity
  • Zaven Paré
    Chronique d’un robot en démonstration
    Saya or the impossible virtuosity
    Chronicle of a robot in demonstration
  • Emmanuel Grimaud
    Cascades de cinéma, machineries, effets spéciaux
    Behind the scenes of the sublime
    Movie stunts, machinery, special effects
  • Stéphane Rennesson
    L’effet Magnus et ses implications au football
    Virtuosity of a sphere in movement
    The Magnus effect and its implications for football
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