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Jorge Luiz Antonio on Thu, 10 Jan 2002 14:36:02 +0100 (CET)


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> > > ______________
> > >
> > BRAZILIAN VISUAL POETRY - PRESS RELEASE EDITED BY MARIO MIELI
> > > January 18- March 17, 2002
> > >
> > > Regina Vater  e-mail: hydie {AT} mail.utexas.edu, tel: (512) 459 1674
> > > (Austin-Texas)
> > >
> > > Sylvia Orozco, Diretora do Mexic-Arte Museum Tel: (512) 480 9373, 419
> > > Congress Avenue Austin Texas www.main.org/mexic-arte
> > >
> > > Between January 18 and March 17, 2002, Austinites will have the rare
> > > opportunity to enjoy the first show of BRAZILIAN VISUAL POETRY ever
> > > exhibited outside of Brazil. The show will take place at the
> > > MEXIC-ARTE MUSEUM, located at Fifth Street and Congress Avenue. And
> > > will display works utilizing several media such as: Computer Imaging,
> > > Digital effects, digital texts, Plotter Prints, Installations,
> > > objects, artists books , charcoal and pen drawings, collages, Sound
> > > work, Video installations and two programs of video.
> > >
> > > "BRAZILIAN VISUAL POETRY" seeks to conjoin the visual and verbal
> > > arts into a new art form akin to Chinese pictographs or ideograms.
> > > This early form of Chinese writing combined the idea of a word, as in
> > > mountain, with an abstract representation of a mountain. To use the
> > > words of some of the artists themselves:
> > >
> > > "Visual Poetry is the word and the image united, forming a single
> > > "body"; word and image loaded with meaning."  ANA ALY
> > >
> > > " Visual poetry is a kind of graphic poetry that encompasses several
> > > different movements from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. It gives
> > > priority to rapid communication, where the word is simply one of
> > > several components, unlike in traditional poetry where the word is
> > > the only component."  JOAQUIM BRANCO
> > >
> > > "Visual poetry, to me, is poetry impregnated with other codes
> > > (besides the verbal), especially those of vision. Vision is the
> > > reference, without excluding other dimensions. "   OMAR KHOURI
> > >
> > > "Poetry was always a visual art. So-called visual poetry is nothing
> > > more than the product that results from experimenting with the visual
> > > form until one discovers that the written word is only one element of
> > > poetry. As an artist and poet, for me visual poetry continues to
> > > represent a hybrid between written poetry and visual art."  ALMANDRADE
> > >
> > > Brazilian Visual Poetry was born in the mid 1950s when the poets
> > > Augusto de Campos, Haroldo de Campos and Décio Pignatari (all in this
> > > show) invented Concrete Poetry.
> > >
> > > CONCRETE POETRY is a certain poetry practice formulated in the 50's
> > > from Brazil and from Switzerland, with the following basic
> > > characteristics: abolition of verse; b) "verbivocovisual" texts,
> > > which means the organization of a poem according to graphic criteria
> > > in order to bring out the material aspect of the word, its plasticity
> > > and sound - poetry to be seen and to be heard (for eye and ear); c)
> > > partial or total elimination of ties with speech, for a direct
> > > connection between words and phrases; d) integration between verbal
> > > and non-verbal, word and image. Such practices concentrate and expand
> > > previous proposals that were part of the avant-garde movements of the
> > > early twentieth century (futurism, dada, simultaneous, etc) reclaimed
> > > in the 50's with a constructivist rigor. The great precursor was
> > > Mallarmé's spatial poem "Un Coup de Dés" (1897).
> > >
> > > The exhibition includes works by 53 outstanding Brazilian poets,
> > > including artists familiar to the American public, such as Caetano
> > > Veloso, recognized for his career as a composer and a singer, and
> > > Hélio Oiticica, considered one the most important Brazilian artists
> > > of the 20th century.
> > >
> > > The curator of the show is the internationally renowned artist REGINA
> > > VATER, an Austin resident since 1985. "BRAZILIAN VISUAL POETRY"
> > > presents over 120 works by important visual poets from different
> > > Brazilian regions. These works are in as many different media as the
> > > places where these artists come from, and show how influential the
> > > genre is in Brazil.
> > >
> > > According to Ms. Vater, the big tools for success in organizing
> > > "BRAZILIAN VISUAL POETRY" were the Internet and her old computer. The
> > > show traveled internationally and virtually through the net,
> > > underlying the pioneer spirit of its process. Most of the works
> > > arrived in Austin through the Internet and were materialized in the
> > > US thanks to Plotter Prints produced from the digital images
> > > received. The images were enlarged in diverse sizes, according to the
> > > design of the show.
> > >
> > > Mrs. Vater, who has been working on the show for more than one year,
> > > designed all the elements, such as the invitation and the brochure.
> > > She will also be showing an installation of her own, titled "CAMÕES'
> > > FEAST". Her work pays homage to Luis de Camões, the famous 16 century
> > > Portuguese poet, whose importance for Portuguese is comparable to
> > > that of Shakespeare and Chaucer for the English language. For this
> > > installation, Regina invited eight of the most important narrative
> > > poets living in Brazil today, to contribute with a small poem. Each
> > > poem was printed in an individual dish composing the set of this
> > > metaphorical banquet. The installation also features an artist book,
> > > where the parts of this literary Feast are beautifully recorded as a
> > > memento of the piece.
> > >
> > > Following the exhibition at the MEXIC-ARTE MUSESUM, in Austin, the
> > > BRAZILIAN VISUAL POETRY show will be traveling to other cities in the
> > > United States. The show will also have a virtual version, which can
> > > be visited online at www.imediata.com
> > >
> > >
> >
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