Vilém Flusser is the topic of a July course at Galpão VB

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posted on 05/30/2017
“(R)evoluções culturais” [Cultural (R)evolutions], given by Rodrigo Maltez Novaes, explores the ideas and the legacy of the Czech-Brazilian philosopher

During the month of July, the researcher Rodrigo Maltez Novaes will coordinate a course at Galpão VB about one of the main philosophers of the 20th century, the Czech-Brazilian Vilém Flusser (1920–1991). Known as a media theorist, Flusser spent a large part of his life in São Paulo, to where he migrated with his family taking refuge from World War II.

The course will consist of four meetings, always on Wednesdays, with group readings of classes conducted by the philosopher in 1986 at the School of Communication and Arts of the University of São Paulo (ECA-USP). According to Rodrigo Maltez Novaes—one of the leading specialists in Flusser’s work and the curator of the next issue of Cadernos Sesc_Videobrasil, also dedicated to the philosopher—, these readings intend to critically approach the cultural and technological changes we experience and that Flusser was a pioneer in identifying.

“We are in the eye of the storm,” says Novaes. “We still can’t look objectively at the recent evolution in mass media, which swallowed us and has been rippling with radical changes in the fields of politics, science and art.” To him, the moment is ripe for reflection on the present situation and the uncertain future awaiting us.

To participate in the course, no previous knowledge of Vilém Flusser’s work is necessary. See further details below.

Course with Rodrigo Maltez Novaes
July 5, 12, 19, and 26, Wednesdays, from 8 to 10:30 p.m.


July 5 | Class 1
Alphabetical culture

July 12 | Class 2
Crisis of the alphabetical culture

July 19 | Class 3
Anti-alphabetical revolutions

July 26 | Class 4
Immaterial culture

NUMBER OF SEATINGS: Minimum of 8 and maximum of 15 students*

WORKLOAD: 10 hours

PRICE: R$320.00 (cash, direct bank deposit) or R$350.00 (two installments, credit card)**

REGISTRATION: Send the deposit slip and the filled-out registration form to until June 30.

Download the registration form here.

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Rodrigo Maltez Novaes is an artist, designer, translator, editor, and researcher. With a Master’s in visual arts from the University of the Arts London, his is currently pursuing his PhD at the European Graduate School. Between 2010 and 2014 he worked as a resident researcher at Arquivo_Vilém_Flusser_ in Berlin, where he kickstarted the project to translate Vilém Flusser’s work from Portuguese into English, commissioned by the Univocal publishing house in partnership with the University of Minnesota. In 2012, he co-founded Metaflux Lab, through which he has taught as a guest professor at several universities in Europe on the work of Vilém Flusser, including the University of Edinburgh, the Humboldt University, the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, the Sandberg Institute, the Lucerne University of Design, the University of Newcastle, and the University of Lünenburg. Novaes lives and works in São Paulo, where he has been developing the online platform Arquivo_Vilém_Flusser_ and running the Metaflux publishing house, which he founded in 2015.


*Course start is subject to minimum number of attendees.

**Late cancellation or failure to attend the course does not release you from your payment obligation, in consideration of the services made available to you. Registration for individual classes is unavailable.