The Global Sixties in Sound and Vision: Media, by Timothy Scott Brown, Andrew Lison (eds.)

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23 He would adopt the term anti-arte ambiental (environmental anti-art), first proposed by art critic Mário Pedrosa, to denote the type of institutional critique that was implicit in the parangolé experiments. British critic Guy Brett has observed that Oiticica is situated somewhere between the Dadaist projects of Duchamp and the constructivist inclinations of Mondrian. 24 Oiticica’s Tropicália inaugurated a new phase in his environmental and participative work. Conceived and constructed for the 1967 New Objectivity exhibit, Tropicália was a total environment, or ambiente, consisting of two simple structures with cloth siding called penetráveis (“penetrables”) surrounded by tropical flora, dirt paths, and live parrots displayed in cages.

6. Eric Drott, Music and the Elusive Revolution: Cultural Politics and Political Culture in France, 1968–1981 (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2011), esp. Chapter 4. 7. A prime example of this interpretation is Arthur Marwick’s The Sixties, which sees the Events of May in the Western world as merely a point within the trajectory of cultural change that had been in motion since the late 1950s. 1974 (New York: Oxford, 1998), especially chapter 2; and Micheal Seidman, The Imaginary Revolution: Parisian Students and Workers in 1968 (New York: Berghahn Books, 2004).

Progressive rock groups typically blended more traditional instruments and arrangements in an effort to articulate an idyllic, preindustrial Arcadian past. 31 The future, then, would be a renewal of this idyllic and lost past. The musical sophistication of Le bal du rat mort exemplifies how this combination of style, a pastiche of tangos, polkas, jazz, and rock often within the same song, challenged cultural boundaries. The title track moves between a lilting waltz played on an oboe in one section and a blues-based electric guitar riff in another, creating a striking juxtaposition of sound.

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