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Courtesy Walker Art Center
Rights
© 2010 Neville D'Almeida and Projeto Hélio Oiticica
Title
CC5 Hendrixwar/Cosmococa Programa-in-Progress
Date
1973
Dimensions
minimum room dimension 196.875 × 236.25 × 236.25 inches
Materials
colored hammocks, 35mm slides, audio disc
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Mixed Media (Multimedia)
Accession Number
2007.9.1-.192
Edition
1/3
Inscriptions
signed by D'Almeida on contract
Physical Description
A room installation consisting of 10 hammocks, slide projections on four walls and the ceiling, and a soundtrack by Jimi Hendrix
Credit Line
T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 2007
Object Copyright
© 2010 Neville D'Almeida and Projeto Hélio Oiticica (image credits)

essay Toward a Deliterate Cinema, Irene V. Small, 2014

In 1973 in his New York City loft, Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica and his collaborator Neville D’Almeida pioneered an immersive form of participatory installation they dubbed Block-Experiments in Cosmococa—Program in Progress, or Cosmococas, for short. These multi-sensory “quasi-cinemas,” with their heady mix of projected images, soundtracks, and props, effectively recast the passive film viewer as active participant. In this essay, art historian Irene Small locates CC5 Hendrixwar amidst various historical threads of avant-garde film, semiotic theory, loft performance, and radical pedagogy.