Flavio de Carvalho: Media Artist Avant la Lettre



Fig. 1. In the 1920s, Flàio de Carvalho actively used the media to publicize his controversial architectural ideas. (Photos © Archive Rui Moreira Leite) (top, left) Detail of the front page of the São Paulo newspaper Diàrio da Noite, 30 January 1928, announcing an exhibition of project designs for the São Paulo Governor's Palace competition. (top, right) The artist's rendition of a night view of his proposal for the Palace, including searchlights, as featured on the front page of Diàrio da Noite, 4 February 1928. (bottom, left) Carvalho's proposed mural decorations for the building's halls, as featured on the front page of Diàrio da Noite, 6 February 1928. (bottom, right) In order to optimize his message for the newspaper medium, Carvalho created this second faÙade design specifically for newspaper reproduction, darkening the background to improve contrast.

This article is part of the Leonardo special project A Radical Intervention: The Brazilian Contribution to the International Electronic Art Movement," guest edited by Eduardo Kac.

For the print version of this article, see Leonardo Volume 37, No. 2 (2004), available from the MIT Press.

Updated 31 March 2010