HISK - Open lecture

I Have No Place in the World: Hélio Oiticica and the Logic of Permanent Evolution

Hélio Oiticica, still from Super-8 footage of Gay Pride March, New York City, early 1970s
  • Date

    09/12/2020 - 19:30 21:30

In 1969, while living in London and a year before relocating to New York, the Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica wrote, “I have no place in the world.” In this presentation, I consider Oiticica’s transnational trajectory and the ways in which displacement became a generative operation in his practice. Early in his artistic development, Oiticica established a conceptual matrix that he iteratively revised and elaborated throughout his career. I suggest how this matrix provided a logic of permanent evolution, or “program-in-progress,” as the artist put it, through which identity might remain radically unbound.