[-empyre-] N State and Tropicalia: 'invisible brilliance of life that is not a thing' -- David Medalla

dear -empyre- and Lucio,

I loved this comment from Regina (also an empyrean) .. wish we could all teleport to London on Wednesday.
Begin forwarded message:

From: "Regina Pinto" <reginapinto@arteonline.arq.br>
Date: March 22, 2006 3:50:06 AM PST
To: <list@rhizome.org>
Subject: RHIZOME_RAW: David Medalla At The Barbican Art Gallery In London During The "Tropicalia" Exhibition
Reply-To: "Regina Pinto" <reginapinto@arteonline.arq.br>


I received this information from the international poet and performer Clemente Padin
and as it is about Brazilian culture and the movement Tropicalia, I think it is very
important to send to you. In fact I studied a little bit of this movement
and much about the artists Lygia Clark and Lygia Pape (both in the
exhibition below ) in my dissertation of thesis (1994). I do recomend you to
know more about all of this. It is a very important period of Brazilian art
and culture.



http://www2.uol.com.br/tropicalia/frame.htm (Here is a site about the Tropicalia movement - English and Portuguese)

PS: The link I sent yesterday was wrong, if you do not discover the correct link yet, the correct URL is:

http://arteonline.arq.br/museu/library_pdf/david_inkey.htm - Enjoy!


David Medalla At The Barbican Art Gallery In London During The "Tropicalia"
Exhibition, Wednesday, March 29, 2006

David Medalla, FF alumnus and director of the London Biennale, will give a
talk at the Barbican Art Gallery in London on Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at
6:30 p.m., in the context of the "Tropicalia" exhibition curated by Carlos
Basualdo. The talk will focus on Medalla's recollections of the 60s when
Brazilian artists, musicians and film-makers came to London in exile from
the repressive military regime then in power in Brazil. In the 60s, when
Swinging London saw the birth of Flower Power, David Medalla and Paul
Keeler exhibited in their legendary gallery SIGNALS on the corner of
Wigmore street and Wimpole street the work of the leading Brazilian artists
of that time. To accompany their exhibitions, David Medalla published
photographs of art works and articles on and by Lygia Clark, Sergio de
Camargo, Helio Oiticica, Mira Schendel and Rossini Perez, among others,
plus poems and essays by contemporary Brazilian poets and critics such as
Ferreira Gullar, Walmir Ayala and Mario Pedrosa, in the magazine SIGNALS
whch the young Medalla brilliantly edited.

While in London the carioca artist Helio Oiticica initiated the
"Tropicalia" movement, during the "Eden" exhibition he gave at the
Whitechapel Art Gallery. The "Tropicalia" movement counted among its
members the musicians Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil. The latter,
incidentally, is the present Minister of Culture of Brazil in the
government of President Lula.

During the time he stayed in England, Helio Oiticica lived in the room of
David Medalla at 99 Balls Pond Road in Dalston, London, the home of the
Exploding Galaxy, a group of multi-media international artists which
Medalla initiated. The young film-maker Eduardo Clark, son of the artist
Lygia Clark, also lived in the same house. During his talk at the Barbican
Art Gallery, David Medalla will recall the strong intellectual bonding he
had with Lygia Clark, Helio Oiticica, Sergio de Camargo and Lygia Pape, all
four brilliant artists who created new artistic propositions which
propelled Brazilian art of the 60s unto the international artworld. A DVD
disc compiled by French artist Valerie Vivancos of videos she made during
"Rio Trajetorias" of performances by Adam Nankervis and David Medalla in
homage to those four Brazilian artists will accompany the talk.

To celebrate his friendship with those four Brazilian artists (with whom
Medalla shared ideas of a democratic art), David Medalla will follow his
talk at the Barbican Art Gallery with an impromptu performance entitled
"Mano a Mano, Mangal, Mango, Mangeira". Several young London Biennale
artists will participate in Medalla's impromptu performance, including the
Australian artist Adam Nankervis (founder & director of Museum Man), the
poet Salih Kayra from Kyrenia, the Brazilian saxophonist Luciano Oltramari,
the Filipino percussionist Jamil Reyes, and the Catalan guitarist Roger
Cortina. The German fim-maker and video artist Fritz Stolberg will film the
performance, while multi-media and installatiion artist Marko Stepanov will
make digital photographic documentation of the entire event. The impromptu
performance will conclude with a batufada when David Medalla will invite
the audience to join him and the poet, artist and musicians to dance the
samba in the Eden environment of Helio Oiticica inside the Barbican Art
Gallery, in the true and living spirit of "Tropicalia".

Regina Célia Pinto



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