, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 193–208

Vivência: From disciplined to remade lived experience in the Brazilian avant-garde of the 1960s

  • Emma Sidgwick
Original Article

DOI: 10.1057/sub.2010.7

Cite this article as:
Sidgwick, E. Subjectivity (2010) 3: 193. doi:10.1057/sub.2010.7


In this article, I will address the artistic practices of the Brazilian avant-garde of the 1960s that revolved around the notion of vivência or ‘lived thought’. These artistic practices – illustrated by two emblematic examples by, respectively, Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Clark – should not only be regarded as a counter-practice to hegemonic historical developments, but they should also be looked at in terms of the culture-specific frame of experience in which they figure. As such, this article develops an anthropological investigation into the concrete dynamics of these artistic practices and the manner in which they were socio-culturally informed. To frame the connection between artistic practices and other culture-specific ones, a particular aspect of the concept of embodiment will be deployed.


embodimentlived experienceartistic practicesBrazilanthropology

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emma Sidgwick
    • 1
  1. 1.Catholic University Leuven (KUL)LeuvenBelgium