Portugal Portefolio: Illustrating Cultural Heritage using New Media

Outcomes HERE.
Project page here: portugal.portefolio.org

An ongoing project developing contemporary iconography to Portuguese identity. From recent phenomena of ethnographic identity that most of the times pops out accidentally, like memes or viral videos on youtube, the propose of this project is to define iconography that suits the representation of a present reality, from the approach of the collective imaginary or from the individual poetry.

Rethinking portuguese symbols such as the Barcelos cock as an epitome of representation through its permeability in the present and everyday life. Recent popularity of events prove that the power of images can be involved with their popularity index among the audiences, most of the times reinforced by their spreading in social networks.

This project aims to rethink the appropriateness of images and icons on portuguese identity, as well as propose new symbols for a global archive aiming to build a repertoire for collective memory. Portugal Portefolio refers to legacy, to leave a mark in History, an archive of the passage of time. As methodology is intended to reflect on daily routines in order to generate iconography and poetic narratives for a pervasive perception on contemporary society.

Participants will learn
Ready-made illustration techniques and a bit of the History of Portuguese iconography.

Target participants
Artists, designers, illustrators, image and video makers, thinkers.
Students and professionals.

Participants should bring
Drawing/illustration/collage materials, AV materials: the more diverse, the better.



Coordination Júlio Dolbeth
Schedule16 Oct 2014, 3-5PM
Location UPTEC PINC (garden pavilion)
Instructor Júlio Dolbeth Artist, illustrator, educator and researcher. Teaches illustration and graphic design in the Communication Department on Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto. Researcher on Art and Design, expertise in Illustration, pursues a PhD degree on contemporary illustration and portuguese heritage. Member of ID+ research group. Owner and curator of Dama Aflita, illustration and drawing gallery. Illustration by Sérgio Dias.