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Marcelo Nogueira: Popcretos, 1964-1966 – Sonic Matters in Brazilian Concrete Poetry

March 27 @ 5:00 pm 7:00 pm

Gilman Hall 479

The Program in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies is pleased to welcome Marcelo Nogueira, lecturer in LACLxS and Modern Languages and Literatures, Johns Hopkins University University, for the lecture:

Popcretos, 1964-1966: Sonic Matters in Brazilian Concrete Poetry

The lecture investigates the dynamic relationship between sound and visual elements in Brazilian concrete poetry, drawing on sonic and literary theory. Emerging in the mid-1950s, concrete poetry marks a pivotal moment in the constructivist tradition of Latin American poetry and art. It focuses on Augusto de Campos’s Popcretos series, created in 1964 as a response to that year’s military coup in Brazil. By examining how its engagement with notions of noise and silence establishes a framework through which fragmented language and imagery unfold, it argues that even in the most ostensive visual poems, the auditory emerges as a generative element to explore poetic and political themes. 

Marcelo Nogueira: Popcretos
Marcelo Nogueira: Popcretos