- AND WHAT ABOUT VIRTUOSITY?
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And what about Virtuosity? is a research project by Shila Anaraki, Frederik Croene, Edurne Rubio and Lilia Mestre. This research tackles the notion of virtuosity in current art practices. Very shortly, we can observe a shift from the mastery of a single technology and its purist approach into a broader 'Know how' that takes into account everyday knowledge and common skills as material to construct with.
The capacity of relating, inventing, operating, interpreting and displaying multiple singular tools (specific to each discipline) in the making of an art piece, brings to the fore the idea of the craftsmanship of the contemporary artist.
We take the performer as the craftsman, which exhibits her/himself in the creation of meaning by crafting relations, by communicating in the present time, by exposing the tools s/he or they preconceived and now articulate in front of an audience. We are in a post--disciplinary era that encompasses the relation of a singular knowledge to several other knowledge’s and tries to trace their agencies, making that process and product become one in the act of communicating. Making a potential audience a co-actor in the play, we make sense together. We started by collectively reading and discussing the book ‘A grammar of the multitude’ by Paolo Virno to situate our practices in the social and economic context of what it is to be an artist today.