We use cookies on this website, you can read about them here. To use the website as intended please... ACCEPT COOKIES
UAL Research Online

TrAIN open lecture: Flavio de Carvalho and his ‘city for the naked man’

Guerrero, Inti and Baddeley, Oriana, TrAIN Research Centre (2011) TrAIN open lecture: Flavio de Carvalho and his ‘city for the naked man’. In: TrAIN Open Lecture, 9th February 2011, Chelsea College of Art and Design. (Unpublished)

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Guerrero, Inti and Baddeley, Oriana
Group or Collective Creators: TrAIN Research Centre

The TrAIN Open series is a forum for invited speakers to present exhibition, publication, and research projects in the form of lectures, discussions and screenings.

Taking place at fortnightly intervals on Wednesday evenings during the academic term, the series is open to the public, as well as staff and students across the University of the Arts London.

Since its inception leading practitioners have continued to contribute to the series and it has become an opportunity to establish lasting dialogue with those who share an interest in transnational art.

Other Contributors:
OtherPitkin, Ellie
Additional Information (Publicly available):

From an anthropophagic urban master plan to an exhibition; a possible curatorial translation of a 1930’s utopia to build a new city in the tropics without god, property, nor marriage. A metropolis for a 'naked mankind' stripped from its cultural constructs.

In 1930 artist and architect Flavio de Carvalho (1899-1973), known to be the enfant terrible of Brazil's avant-garde, proposed to build a new city in the tropics that would have no god, property, nor marriage. He envisioned an urban scenario for a ‘naked mankind’ that would have stripped itself from its cultural body, or in his words, a man without ‘scholastic taboos, free for reasoning and thinking’ in order to begin a painstaking process of wonderment, change and self-transformation. De Carvalho's utopia was set to be a constellation of centres and laboratories; the city's ‘Laboratory of erotica’, was thought of as a place where ‘the naked man would select his own erotic forms, […] where he could orient his energy toward any direction, without repression; where he would fulfil his desires, discover new desires.’ By understanding the experience of sexuality as a kind of libido without a predetermined perspective, that is, without a predetermined constructed desire, but as a continuous rhizomatic experience, which would bifurcate according to the individual's subjectivity, Flavio de Carvalho, by 1930 seemed to propose an architectural ‘blueprint’ which sought to dissolve any socio-cultural fixation regarding people’s sexuality and corporality.

In 2010, curator, Inti Guerrero, created a group exhibition titled 'The City of the Naked Man' at the Museum of Modern Art of Sao Paulo, which embarked on a curatorial translation of Flavio de Carvalho's aforementioned transgressive spirit. The exhibition included: works by international contemporary artists; documentation of a 1956 street performance by Flavio de Carvalho, where he cross-dressed to a tropical male fashion he'd designed; and other cultural artefacts and manifestations related to the subject, such as visual and musical material of Brazil's rock-glam singer Ney Matogrosso. Guerrero will first give an art historical background to the practice of De Carvalho, and share the curatorial grammar he built up in order to touch upon other key subtexts within 'Brazilian culture' such as the Antropofagia avant-garde, the construction of Brasilia and the counter-culture movement of Tropicalia.

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: curating, transnational art
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Camberwell College of Arts
Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Colleges > Wimbledon College of Arts
Research Centres/Networks > Transnational Art Identity and Nation (TrAIN)
Date: 2011
Copyright Holders: University of the Arts London
Related Websites: http://www.transnational.org.uk/events/128-inti-guerrero-flavio-de-carvalho-and-his-city-for-the-naked-man
Related Websites:
Event Location: Chelsea College of Art and Design
Projects or Series: Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2012 15:47
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2012 15:50
Item ID: 5001
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/5001

Repository Staff Only: item control page | University Staff: Request a correction