La Vitesse

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Copublication Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Jouy-en-Josas / Flammarion, Paris

French version only

Softback, 24 × 33 cm, 192 pages, 210 color and black-and-white reproductions

Texts by François Albéra, Jean Baudrillard, Philippe Bloch, Philippe Breton, Jean-Paul Charnay, Jacques Defrance, Georges Dhonneur, Ralph Hababou, Patrick Javault, Pierre Lévy, Jocelyn de Noblet, Alain Sarfati, Klaus Stichweh, Christophe Tison, Paul Virilio
Conversations between Dr Duforez and Christophe Tison, between Pr. Henri Marotte and Jean de Loisy, between Paul Andreu and Patrick Javault, between Jean-Pierre Bibring and Jean de Loisy, between Jean-Pierre Baton, Gilles Cohen-Tannoudji and Jean de Loisyi

ISBN: 2-86925-035-5

Publication: June 1991

About the publication

“I’d like visitors to this exhibition to feel this idea of speed in front of static objects. The exhibition is a journey. Vertigo exercises, sensorial simulation, light and wind effects: everything moves, while staying motionless,” summed up Kristian Gavoille, the exhibition designer of La Vitesse, presented at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in 1991. Speed is the big phenomenon of the 20th century, a “world” where images and sensations get jumbled together at a breakneck rate, where space and time are thrown into a whirl. Exciting or cruel, intoxicating or destructive, speed determines our lives and behavior today.
The book published by the Fondation Cartier and Éditions Flammarion explores the primitive greatness of speed without exalting it, in a bid to simply describe this essential transformative factor. The numerous authors featured in the book all participated with talent and awareness to help achieve this understanding.