Eclectic, poppy, sophisticated, the music of Arto Lindsay evokes reverse trajectories and unexpected influences. Educated in Brazil during the emergence of Tropicália in the 1970s, Lindsay added the references and characteristics of this broad cultural movement in Brazil, focused on diluting art in a multifarious and impalpable experience, to the No Wave scene in the USA.
Tropicália is the title of a key work by Helio Oiticica, which forms part of the Museo Reina Sofía Collection. Produced in 1967, the installation expands specific geometry in a tropical public space under the slogan “Purity is a Myth”. The appropriation of the quotidian, the crisis of the art object, the appeal to the senses and the transformation of European Avant-garde movements after coming into contact with other geographies and lifestyles would see this work lend its name to a diverse and transversal cultural movement. Made up of artists, writers, film-makers and musicians, Tropicália: ou Panis et Circensis is also the name of an acclaimed album by Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil that reflects this attitude in the field of music. As a collaborator, colleague and participant in these networks, Arto Lindsay is one of the most consistent and committed artists and musicians in this sensual and breakaway tradition. With an extensive body of work spanning various decades, and as a member of the legendary bands DNA, The Lounge Lizards and The Golden Palominos, his output synthesises the indistinction between improvisation or avant-garde sounds and the most hedonistic rock-pop.
This concert revolves around his latest compilation The Encyclopedia of Arto Lindsay, which features work from 1996 to 2004 that is characterised by systematic disorder in vocal harmonies, electronic discordance and bursts of guitar and includes collaborations with Brian Eno, DJ Spooky and Ryuchi Sakamoto, among others, in an album that embodies Helio Oiticica’s call for “experience as a way of overcoming hierarchies”.