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Hélio Oiticica, Neville D’Almeida:CC4 Nocagions

Each Cosmococa installation, consisting of a slide show and sound track, was conceived for individually designed environments with hammocks, seats and mattresses, or even, on one occasion, a swimming pool. CC4 Nocagions consists of a swimming pool situation with two projections which show a sequence of drawings made with cocaine powder on the cover of John Cage’s book Notations. The viewer is invited to get into the pool and watch the projections from the water.

slide sequence loop with sound track and swimming pool environment 

Hélio Oiticica, Thomas Valentin: CC6 Coke Head’s Soup

CC6 Coke Head‘s Soup is an homage to the 1973 Rolling Stones album Goats Head Soup, and reflects the interdisciplinary scope of references characteristic of Brazil’s avant-gardes in exile during the military regime. All Cosmococas, originally a film project of Neville D’Almeida, consist of slide sequences that show abundantly displayed cocaine powder on book and LP covers and other surfaces, as well as ‘instructions for performance’ to be carried out by participants: exploring the specific environments, engaging with each other, or simply hanging out.

slide sequence loop with soundtrack and installation for barefoot participants

Hélio Oiticica (1937–1980, born in Rio de Janeiro) is regarded as one of the most influential Latin American visual artists of the 20th century. In the 1970s while living in exile in New York during military dictatorship, Oiticica was closely related to the local underground and avant-garde cinema scenes. Still, his cinematographic oeuvre remains barely known. 

Neville D’Almeida, born 1941 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, is an artist and filmmaker. He is best known for his Underground classic Mangue Bangue (1971).

Thomas Valentin was involved in the Brazilian avant-garde art scene of the ‘70s as a photographer and collaborated with Hélio Oiticica.

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