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Plano-B Design

BATUQUE NA COZINHA

NY (Guggenheim) (2017)

   

 

In the performance Kitchen Drumming (Batuque na cozinha, 2013/17), wearable apparatuses made from basic kitchen tools such as frying pans, pots, and teakettles are activated as noisemakers. Recalling the typical garb worn during Brazilian Carnival parades or the portable percussive instruments used by marching bands, the cookware is mounted to a body brace and played by the wearer in an act reminiscent of both celebration and protest. From the radical theater of José Celso Martinez Corrêa and Augusto Boal to the wearable Parangolés sculptures of Hélio Oiticica and the multisensory interventions of Lygia Clark, this piece can be located within a genealogy of Brazilian artists from the 1960s to the present who have worked towards imbibing art with a distinctly local and dematerialized ethos.