This essay analyzes the approach of Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica (1937–80) to what he called “the problem of color.” Oiticica’s conceptual-aesthetic pursuits between 1959–65 offered a renewed onto-political conceptualization of notions of time, particularly of the “liveness” of inert matters and of the “thingness” of participation. His notion of “vivência estética” (the lived experience of the aesthetic) bridged supposed gaps between performance and objecthood while offering a redefinition of what constitutes political action and what constitutes artistic matter.
The Non-time of Lived Experience: The Problem of Color in Hélio Oiticica’s Early Works
André Lepecki is Associate Professor in Performance Studies at New York University, an independent curator, and an essayist. He is the editor of several anthologies on dance and performance theory and author of Exhausting Dance: Performance and the Politics of Movement (2006) and Singularities: Dance in the Age of Performance (2016), both published by Routledge.
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André Lepecki; The Non-time of Lived Experience: The Problem of Color in Hélio Oiticica’s Early Works. Representations 1 November 2016; 136 (1): 77–95. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2016.136.1.77
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