Experiments in Exile: C. L. R. James, Hélio Oiticica, and the Aesthetic Sociality of Blackness

Experiments in Exile: C. L. R. James, Hélio Oiticica, and the Aesthetic Sociality of Blackness

by Laura Harris

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Overview

Comparing radical experiments undertaken by Trinidadian writer C. L. R. James and Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica, Experiments in Exile charts their common desire to reconceive citizenship. Laura Harris shows how James and Oiticica gravitate toward and attempt to relay the ongoing renewal of dissident, dissonant social forms that constitute what she calls “the aesthetic sociality of blackness,” in the barrack-yards of Port-of-Spain and the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, the assembly lines of Detroit and the streets of the New York, ultimately challenging rather than rehabilitating normative conceptions of citizens and polities as well as authors and artworks.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823279791
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Series: Commonalities
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Laura Harris is Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and Art and Public Policy at New York University.

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

INTRODUCTION: Experiments in Exile

CHAPTER ONE: What Happened to the Motley Crew? James, Oiticica and the Aesthetic Sociality of Blackness

CHAPTER TWO: Dialectic of Contact: The Organ/ization and The Nest

CHAPTER THREE: Undocuments: Reproduction at the Margins

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