8337 - Early Brazilian Digital Culture

Centered around but branching out beyond the computer art work of Waldemar Cordeiro and Giorgio Moscati, this paper examines the connections between 1960s concrete art and neoconcrete art and theory and the first Brazilian digital art (1969) as well as the prescient connections between this art and what would eventually become "bioart" by contemporary artists such as Eduardo Kac. While Brazilian concretism espoused an anti-subjective objectivism, Cordeiro's first digital art embraced a new and only apparently paradoxical humanism-the human as cybernetic animal-that sought through the classic avant garde gesture of what Cordeiro called "an autopsy of the body" to render an art that engaged the body, sense perception and cognitive science. This paper argues that these two strands-concretism's longstanding interest in digital languages, and incipient digital art's interest in the body-prepared fertile ground for Brazilian new media theory, writing and art in the 21 st century.

Keywords: Brazilian digital art, New Media, Waldemar Cordeiro, Giorgio Moscati

Author: Price, Rachel (Princeton University, Ud States of Am / USA)


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