To eat a frog, the missionary Jesuit priest, the enemy tribe, the whole history of
colonial domination in South America, is to serve your ancestor at a dinner table,
without nostalgia, for what you are digesting is your future as a human— and that
includes a frog-future as well.

In the sixteenth century, the image of Amerindian anthropophagy was at the center
of disputes on the meaning of humanity. In the early twentieth century, it was
again rediscovered by the Brazilian avant-garde associated with the imprint
Revista de Antropofagia. Antropofagia is a cosmopolitical philosophy, a cannibal
metaphysics extending well beyond a pacifying, multicultural view of
appropriation. Eating another human is to cross the ontological boundaries
imposed by Western modernity, capitalist labor, the Cartesian-Freudian self.
Nature and culture are in the perspective of the hunter and the hunted. To become
prey is the movement of humanity.

‘The Forest and The School: Where to sit at the dinner table?’ is co-published by
Archive Books and the Academy of Arts of the World in Cologne. Edited by the
writer and visual artist Pedro Neves Marques, this publication is a thorough
anthology on Brazilian Antropofagia. It presents Antropofagia not simply as an
aesthetic movement, based on acculturation or an hybridity exemplary of the
tropics, but as a full scope South American cosmopolitics, defined by predation
and the immanence of the enemy, by an humanity unbound from species, and a
technology aimed at leisure.

The first half of the book, “The Forest and The School” gathers texts from sixteenth
century chronicles on cannibalism, the Brazilian avant-garde, Tropicália, and the
anthropology of Pierre Clastres, Bruno Latour, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, as well
as of Davi Kopenawa. The second half ‘Where to sit at the dinner table?’ collects
recent texts and new commissions relating Antropofagia to multinaturalist
perspectivism, the declaration of the Rights of Nature, or the centrality of the
indigenous in current political struggles.  
About the book

Edited by
Pedro Neves Marques

Texts by
Hans Staden, Jean de Léry,
Michel de Montaigne,
James Frazer, Manuela
Carneiro da Cunha, Alfred
Jarry, Oswald de Andrade,
Antônio de Alcântara
Machado, Oswald Costa,
Freuderico, Japy-Mirim
Poronominare, Garcia de
Rezende, Raul Bopp,
Flávio de Carvalho,
Glauber Rocha, Joaquim
Pedro de Andrade, Hélio
Oiticica, Hélène Clastres,
Pierre Clastres, Félix
Guattari, Eduardo Viveiros
de Castro, Bruno Latour,
Davi Kopenawa and Bruce
Albert, Tânia Stolze Lima,
Alexandre Nodari, Jean
Tible, Paulo Tavares,
Giuseppe Cocco, Suely

Designed by Nuno da Luz

Softcover, 13 × 20 cm
600 pages, black & white

ISBN 978-3943620269

€ 25.00
Where to Sit at
the Dinner Table?
The Forest & the School

Edited by
Pedro Neves Marques
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The Forest and The School
Where to Sit at the Dinner Table?
Apresentação do livro editado por
18 December 2015, h. 17.30

Presentation by
Isabel Carlos, CAM Director
Conversation between
Pedro Neves Marques
and Margarida Mendes

Rua Dr. Nicolau de Bettencourt

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