IRWGS Theory Salon: An Archeology of Sensations: A Queer Genealogy of Modernism as a Catastrophe with Denilson Lopes (Associate Professor, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro/CAPES. Visiting Scholar, Columbia University.) Filmmaker, writer
IRWGS Theory Salon: An Archeology of Sensations: A Queer Genealogy of Modernism as a Catastrophe with Denilson Lopes
(Associate Professor, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro/CAPES. Visiting Scholar, Columbia University.)
Filmmaker, writer and member of Brazil’s elite society, Mário Peixoto (1908-1992) released his only film Limite in 1931. At one point almost lost to time, it has since been restored, and found renewed interest from the 1970s to nowadays, named in 2015 by the Brazilian Film Critics Association (Abraccine) best Brazilian film of all time. Before shooting his silent, experimental film, however, Mário Peixoto went to stay in England at early age (1926-1927), where he kept a diary that has yet to be reviewed and published in book form. This little known manuscript, written in English, and photographs taken during his time at Hopedene College in the village of Willingdon, portray the artist as a young man and his experience far from the coffee plantations of his aristocratic family. Lopes discusses how Peixoto’s practical experience in a foreign country and his journal may translate into a type of sensibility defined by the continuous staging of everyday life, existential melancholy, and a sense of not belonging. Peixoto’s journal may be interpreted today in terms of an adolescent queer experience – the likes of which was silenced during the Brazilian Modernism movement – marked by the anachronistic survival of Dandyism and Decadentism. Lopes presents fragments of the unpublished manuscript, select photographs, and clips from Peixoto’s Limite, as findings in an archaeology of sensations that offers a different perspective to Modernism and may also contribute to queer archives and further research.
More on Limite here: https://www.criterion.com/films/28407-limite
View the film in its entirety here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MrqiI_JcEk&authuser=1
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