Re-enacting Lygia Clark


After getting to know better the work of Lygia Clark and Joseph Beuys, I got really inspired by their ideas about collaborative art as a healing process, and the inherent ability in humans to produce art. Both have different approaches, but the purpose in their work is very similar: Beuys wanted to guide people to a new kind of society through his performances, assuming the role of a teacher of a shaman. Clark on the other hand, created objects and devices that allowed people to have a personal experience through collaborative pieces and performances. In both cases, there is a feel of a ritual that moves their pieces and the sense of liberation of the participants.

In my re-enactment, I am focusing on two particular pieces by Lygia Clark: Collective Body (1986) and Elastic Net (1974). These pieces seem relevant to me because of the focus on collaborative production to generate an art piece together. At the same time, these artworks talk about the relationship of human bodies to the space they share and create a dialog between them through proximity.


I am very interested in Clark’s approach to build sensorial experiences between persons, as a way to reconnect with their own bodies and approach other people’s bodies and their surrounding space in a new way. I a fragment of her letters to Hélio Oiticica, she mentions a realization about her work: “ the more diverse the lived experiences are, the more open is the proposition and it is therefore more important. In fact, I think that now I am proposing the same type of issue that before was still achieved via the object: the empty-full, the form and its own space, the organicity…”
I like the approach of understanding that fluid, ephemeral experiences and actions can be as powerful as solid and permanent objects.

I want to crate a collective body through other people’s bodies, an action of body in space as a way to relate to space in a different way, make them approach, help each other and feel their breath in a context where society leans towards individualization.

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