(a) Lygia Clark, Dialogue, 1968. (Photo: Huber Josse)
(b) Lygia Clark, Baba Antropofágica (Anthropophagic Drool), 1973, collective creation with students at the Sorbonne in Paris. (Photos courtesy CDOC/Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro)
Clark's Dialogue belongs to her Nostalgia of the Body series, which began in 1964 with individual and two-person sensorial explorations, and developed, after 1968, into collective creations she titled Organic or Ephemeral Architectures. The Dialogue goggles restrict the visual field of the two participants to an eye-to-eye exchange, merging interactivity and dialogism, two of the central concerns in Clark's work. For Baba Antropofágica, a group of participants placed in their mouths a small spool of colored thread which they then unwound directly from their mouths onto another of the participants, who lay stretched out on the ground. The body of the latter was gradually buried under a web of regurgitated threads. These two images illustrate Clark's transition from two-person to collective creations.
Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica
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