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Peoples without map, maps without people: images and potency of the land

Grant number: 14/12206-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2014
Effective date (End): January 31, 2017
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Eduardo Sterzi de Carvalho Júnior
Grantee:Eduardo Jorge de Oliveira
Home Institution: Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem (IEL). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):15/14953-5 - The artist in MAGICIAN (delays, survivals, archaisms and politics of the use of magic in the image), BE.EP.PD


From the paradigm of land, i.e., the configurations of systems of relations among men, orientation and exchange, this research aims to explore how in the Theory by Literature we can thing the migration of images, objects, ideas and texts in a broad historical and geographical context from their critical fictions in a work of art. The focus of the project is reading the installative's work by Cildo Meireles, Missão/Missões - Como construir catedrais (Mission / Missions - How to Build Cathedrals), 1987. We will study the fictional powers from the choice of factors (coins, hosts, bones) for the establishment of an order historical, artistic and fictional. In this research, we will make a relationship between the Cildo's work and the "Plank A" by Warburg's Atlas Mnemosyne. Therefore, we will analyze the context of its work in Paris on the occasion of the exhibition Magiciens de la Terre, the great hall of the Villette's Park, curated by Jean-Hubert Martin. In the context of mounting investigate the tops of the earth and its teratological and cartographic constitution, constituting for the Theory of Literature a strong point of contact with the Culture's Science (Kulturwissenschaft) thought by Aby Warburg and Georges Didi-Huberman, Massimo Cacciari, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Robert Curtius. Finally, for the constitution of a teratology the topos of the earth, we will tour the fictional spaces by Meireles in tension between the earth and the map. Drawing on geography, i.e., written with the earth, the literary universe from the earth as graphically representable space (peoples without map) disrupts the ideal space of representation by the atlas (maps without people). (AU)