Helio Oiticica: Quasi-Cinemas. 2001; 159 pages; softcover; 31 b/w, 48 color illustrations. The Brazilian artist Helio Oiticica (1937-1980) was a prime force in that country’s avant garde cultural scene in the 1960s and 1970s. This book investigates Oiticica’s unique relationship to cinema and his keen interest in the cinematic experience, breaking new ground in the understanding of one of the most significant artists of the second half of the twentieth century. Oiticica used the term “quasicinema” to refer to his experiements in film and slide projections, including the lavish sequence of installation proposals called Block Experiments in Cosmococa, the slide series Neyrotika, and the film Agripina e Roma-Manhattan. Essays by Carlos Basualdo, Dan Cameron, and Ivana Bentes, along with copious extracts from the artist’s own writings, situate these works in the context of Oiticica’s oeuvre and the discourses that continue to shape contemporary art. -Carlos Basualdo, Editor. Contributions include: Through the Glass Darkly by Dan Cameron, Waiting for Internal Sun: Notes on Helio Oiticica’s Quasi-Cinemas by Carlos Basualdo, H.O. and Cinema-World by Ivana Bentes. Artist’s writings include: Nitro Benzol & Black Linoleum, Mangue Bangue, Neyrotika, Block-Experiments in Cosmococa -Program in Progress, Cosmococa Instructions, and selections from notebooks. Director’s Foreword from Sherri Geldin, Udo Kittelmann, Lisa Phillips. Acknowledgments from Carlos Basualdo. Exhibition Catalogue. 9" x 12"
Funding: Hotja Cantz Publishers, Ostifildern - Ruit. Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University.