Fig. 6. Hélio Oiticica (on the ground) and poet Torquato Neto with the artist's Parangolés as part of the Eden experience, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 1969. (Photo courtesy Centro de Arte Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro) In his immersive environments, which he referred to as "experiences," Oiticica invited participants to take off their shoes and inhabit the space in a leisurely way. Participants explored Eden on their own in an environment made of natural elements, such as sand, straw and water, as well as Parangolés, Bólides, and Penetráveis. The playful aspects of Oiticica's installations emphasize new relations between the body, space and the leisurely fruition of the work.

Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica

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