AMP 2016


José Miguel Wisnik

by Glória Maron

José Miguel Soares Wisnik is a Brazilian musician, composer and essayist. He is also a professor of Brazilian Literature at the University of São Paulo. The multiplicity of facets in his work goes beyond literature and music, connecting to different fields of culture.

The result of his artisanry, which moves between lyrics and musical keys, takes shape in songs and diverse texts, sung and spoken in "show-classes", theatre presentations and as books or publications in the country's major newspapers.

His style of singing and conveying music conducts us to unusual sound tracks. We can find some of this in one of his better-known books, "O Som e o Sentido" (The Sound and the Sense), an original manner in which he articulates loose pieces to build his authorial history of music. More than the history of music, according to the author, "it is a book about voices, silences, noises, chords, tocatas, and fugues." In this book, he attempts to demonstrate that the evolution of Occidental musical language draws into a spiralled path and oscillates between two alternatives, posed by the nature of sound and the nature of our bodies: pulsation and frequency.

The effects of the incidence of sound in the vibrating body is one of the vectors of his work which is relevant to us and which we can consider the crux of the conversation with the theme of X Congress.

How does the incidence of the precipitates which Lacan calls "lalange" fall into place in music?

What does music have to teach us about the passage of the incorporeal which takes shape, presentifies itself in the body as pure and senseless vibration?

These and other issues may find a place in this meeting which explore the union of art and psychoanalysis and which we hope will be vibrant and informative. Its resonance will be gathered from what we may extract on the 26th of April, when our guest is to be interviewed by Marcus André Vieira and Sérgio Laia.