This paper examines the work of Brazilian artist FlÁvio de Carvalho (1899-1973) from the perspective of contemporary media art, highlighting his practical and theoretical legacy. Initially associated with the Anthropophagy art movement, Carvalho used mass media creatively and incorporated insights from psychology, sociology and anthropology into his art. He realized events that went beyond “performance art,” including a pioneering presentation on television in 1957. This article offers a brief overview of Carvalho's trajectory.

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Translation by Izabel Murat Burbridge, with additional translation by Eduardo Kac.

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. The project consists of a gallery, bibliographies, chronologies and a series of articles published in various issues of Leonardo and on the Leonardo web site at mitpress2.mit. edu/e-journals/Leonardo/isast/spec.projects/brazil.html . Visit the web site to access the complete version of the text.