Day Twenty – Seven – Rio de Janeiro

Today I saw Daniela, a friend I met in 2008 in Denmark in connection with a realization of Penetrável Filtro by Hélio Oiticica during U-Turn Quadrennial for Contemporary Art. It was Judith Schwarzbart,  one of the three directors of the Biennial, that insisted on bringing the work to Danmark and I was doing the production.

Daniela came on behalf of Centro Cultural Municipal Hélio Oticica as a supervisor to make sure the realization of the work was done in accordance with the original instruction drawing by Oiticica.

I always found it fascinating how Oticica was thinking his artworks as participatory interventions that could change the culture and that could be repeated whenever circumstances demanded it. Every time adapted to a new place and time.

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For example, Oiticica’s Parangolés was a participatory mobile sculpture based on fabric and clothes for dancing. The work was about an embodiment of colors, and its primary intention was to introduce color into the environment. Parangolés also stimulated the idea of collective body and aesthetic protest. It was an attempt to connect art with the social participation were a spectator becomes a participator. Parangolés could take place on different occasions, cities and countries.

When worn, these colorful mobile textile sculptures can create a situation, an interruption of the usual course of things. Oiticica calls it an “object-event,” a “meetings-event,” and an “amoment”: “amoment breastfeed the moment.”

There are some instructions that have to be followed in order to activate Parangolés and other artwork by Oiticica like bólides.

The images above made a connection between Oiticica’s notes/instructions and “art formats” Thierry works with. In Thierry’s manifesto from 1989, he explaines five types of moving exhibitions (Manifeste – Les differents Types de moving Exhibitions)

Bellow are archive images from different early moving exhibitions including both images and text attached on people. Sometimes the exhibitions are done in the public space, other times it is an unexpected appearance in an organized event like an exhibition or an art fair where the artist is not invited. It can also be an exhibition organized by the artist, but where everybody attending has to share some statements or images in order to take part. No voyeur. All spectators become participants.

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