What Are We?

  • Angelica J. HuizarEmail author


The works in this chapter feature vibrational elements to play with the concept of sound and vibration, illustrating the transformation of Latin American sound poetries. Cid Campos’ “verbivocovisual” adaptations of Concrete poetry, specifically Poesia e risco and No lago do olho, echo and visualize the attraction to the poetics of sound. The Situationist sound compilations of Iván López Monroy’s “dfm e.p.” produce a “sound ecology” of sorts. Brian Mackern’s more modern sound poetries in Temporal de Santa Rosa feature recordings and images of a storm that reverberate fear, hope, and anticipation. Lastly, the chapter calls attention to the computer-kinetic morphisms in José Aburto’s Partidas. These works remind us how the idea of poetics is irrevocably altered and demands a new cultural practice of reading.


Humanity Musical patterns Vocalizations Communicative vibrations Electromagnetic connections 


  1. Aburto, José. Grita. Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3. Accessed March 6, 2018.
  2. Aburto, José. 2016a. “Blot Alive.” Matters. Author website: Accessed March 6, 2018.
  3. Aburto, Jose. 2016b. “Grita, a Voice Controlled Interface, and the Little Poetic Interactions.” The End(s) of Electronic Literature: ELO 2015 Arts Program, edited by Roderick Coover and Scott Rettberg. Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures 14 (1). Accessed November 23, 2018.
  4. Bosi, Alfredo. 2012. História concisa da literatura brasileira, 475–485. São Paulo, Brazil: Cultrix.Google Scholar
  5. Cámara, Mario. 2010. “Alguna poesía brasileña: entre la algarabía concreta y la generación 00.” INTI 71/72: 113–139.Google Scholar
  6. Campos, Cid. 2005. Author’s personal website. Accessed March 6, 2018.
  7. Chion, Michael. 2016. “Noise and Music: A Legitimate Distinction.” In Sound: An Acoulogical Treatise, translated by James A. Steintrager, 55–82. Durham and London: Duke University Press.Google Scholar
  8. Cox, Christoph. 2018. Sonic Flux: Sound, Art, and Metaphysics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar
  9. Ferreiro, Alfredo Mario. 1927. El hombre que se comió un autobus (Poemas con olor a nafta). Montevideo: La Cruz del Sur.Google Scholar
  10. Field, Steven. 2000. “Sound Worlds.” In Sound, edited by Patricia Kruth and Henry Stobart, 173–200. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  11. Gullar, Ferreira. 1978. Vanguarda e Subdesenvolvimento. Rio de Janeiro: Civilizacão Brasileira.Google Scholar
  12. Jenny, Hans. 2001. Cymatics: A Study of Wave Phenomena and Vibration. Newmarket, NH: Macromedia.Google Scholar
  13. Kirsebom Lanto, Anna Matilda. 2015. Video Assignment for DIKULT203 (Electronic Literature) University of Bergen. Accessed March 6, 2018.
  14. Kiyomura, Leila. 2018. “Projeto Prenúncios e Catástrofes expande os limites do audiovisual.” Journal da USP (June 25). Accessed November 20, 2018.
  15. Korfmann, Michael, and Marcelo Nogueira. 2004. “Avant-Garde in Brazil.” Dialectical Anthropology 28 (2): 125–145.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. LaFave, Kenneth. 2018. The Sound of Ontology: Music as a Model for Metaphysics. Lanham: Lexington Books.Google Scholar
  17. Lopez Monroy, Iván. 2004. dfm.ep. Accessed March 6, 2018.
  18. Mackern, Brian. 2008. Temporal de Santa Rosa. Accessesd on October 23, 2017.
  19. Mackern, Brian, Gabriel Galli, and Oscar Canario Sánchez. 2008. Recorded live performance. Temporal de Santa Rosa. Accessed October 23, 2017. 15 minutes.
  20. Menezes, Philadelpho. 1994. A crise do passado: modernidade, vanguarda, metamodernidade, 42. São Paulo: Experimento.Google Scholar
  21. Nichols, Julie. 2012. “Maps and Meanings: Urban Cartography and Urban Design.” PhD diss., School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, University of Adelaide.Google Scholar
  22. Perrone, Charles A. 2002. “Performing São Paulo: Vanguard Representations of a Brazilian Cosmopolis.” Latin American Music Review / Revista De Música Latinoamericana 23 (1): 60–78.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  23. Pijanowski, Bryan C., Luis J. Villanueva-Rivera, Sarah L. Dumyahn, Almo Farina, Bernie L. Krause, Brian M. Napoletano, Stuart H. Gage, and Nadia Pieretti. 2011. “Soundscape Ecology: The Science of Sound in the Landscape.” Bioscience 61 (3): 203–216.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  24. Schryer, Claude. 1992. “Sound Ecology.” Leonardo 25 (2): 219–220.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  25. Taylor, Charles. 2000. “The Physics of Sound.” In Sound, edited by Patricia Kruth and Henry Stobart, 34–64. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  26. Taylor, Claire. 2012. Latin American Identity in Online Cultural Production. London: Routledge.Google Scholar
  27. ———. 2014. Place and Politics in Latin America and Digital Culture: Location and Latin American Net Art. New York and London: Routledge.Google Scholar
  28. Taylor, Claire, and Thea Pitman, eds. 2007. Latin American Cyberculture and Cyberliterature. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2020

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.World Languages & Cultures DepartmentOld Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA

Personalised recommendations