From Rio to Ulm: Brazilian Poetry, Design, and State Development

Nathaniel Wolfson

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From Rio to Ulm:
Brazilian Poetry, Design, and State Development

Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 4:00 pm | CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

A building at the Ulm School of Design in Germany. (Photo from modernist design.)
A building at the Ulm School of Design in Germany. (Photo from modernist design.)

By examining the co-evolution of Brazilian literature and cybernetic systems, information aesthetics, and industrial design during the democratic period between two dictatorships, Wolfson interrogates several post-war avant-garde case studies that articulated new understandings of the role of poetry and graphic arts in society. In this talk, he focuses on the experiences of Brazilian students at the Ulm School of Design in the 1960s and the corresponding transnational debates concerning form and semantics in literature and design. 

Nathaniel Wolfson is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at UC Berkeley. His research concerns a range of topics, including avant-garde poetry and aesthetics, media studies,  literature, and philosophy.