The Plays of França Júnior is an interactive visualization showing the social network formed by the characters in the plays of Brazilian nineteenth-century playwright França Júnior. This visualization is part of a larger research project on social networks in Brazilian literature led by Zephyr Frank at Stanford University’s Spatial History Project. See the interactive visualization here. It is plain, then, that there is an intention to encapsulate a representative type of the Brazilian ruling class, through relationships peculiar to him […]
Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas / The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas is an animation showing the social network formed by the characters in the Machado de Assis‘s nineteenth-century Brazilian novel. This visualization is part of a larger research project on social networks in Brazilian literature led by Zephyr Frank at Stanford University’s Spatial History Project. In this narrated visualization, the characters in Machado de Assis’s masterpiece are presented in the space of social […]
The South Atlantic Columbian Exchange In his classic 1972 book, The Columbian Exchange, Alfred W. Crosby Jr. assesses the biological and cultural consequences of the introduction of new species into transatlantic environments. From 1492 on, different species of animals, plants, viruses and bacteria were exchanged between the Old and New Worlds following their human symbiotic companions. The consequences of these exchanges for human history were manifold — from the decimation of the majority of Americas’ indigenous population by Old-World germs […]
Perspectivism and the Decolonization of the Subject The more the colonized has assimilated the cultural values of the metropolis, the more he will have escaped the bush. — Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks To understand the terms of the colonial difference established in the last 500 hundred years between colonizer and colonized it is necessary to disassemble the ideas of man and humanity that have been at the center of the European thought since the Renaissance. Walter Mignolo is […]
Eu, o Vinil, e o Resto do Mundo (I, the Vinyl LP, and the Rest of the World) I wrote, produced, and animated along with Ricardo Fernandes the opening for this 2010 documentary about hip-hop DJs in São Paulo. It was directed by Karina Ades and Lila Rodrigues.
The Journeys of Francisco Moreno: Views on nature in the southernmost part of Argentina – 1873 -1906 This article analyses views of Eastern Patagonia that factored into the discourse of Francisco Moreno, an Argentine naturalist and geographer in the late 19th century. An analysis of the documents shows that his preoccupation with countering the belief at the time that the Patagonia was a “useless desert,” coupled with his sense of deception with the process of land distribution after the military […]