Necrotourism/Necroturismo

EN/   Necrotourism

PT/   Necroturismo

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Glasnevin, Dublin

The term “Necrotourism” refers to getting to know cemeteries, tombs, mausoleums and etc, abroad in new cities you visit. You might gave this interest due to their architecture, Art, sculptures, or even because there are iconic figures of history, literature, music and so on.

Would you be interested in doing that?
Would you be able to walk normally around graves?

When I first got into this, I wasn’t even aware it was a practice. When I travelled to Venice in March 2011, I got to know there is an island called San Michele which is taken entirely by a cemetery. I took a ferry there and went exploring, and what a peaceful place away from tourists and Carnival celebrations.

PT/ O termo “Necrotourism” refere-se a conhecer cemitérios, túmulos, mausoléus e etc, no estrangeiro, em novas cidades a visitar. Você pode ter esse interesse devido a sua arquitetura, arte, esculturas, ou mesmo porque há figuras icônicas da história, literatura, música e assim por diante.

Você se interessaria em fazer isso?
Conseguiria andar normalmente entre túmulos?
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Taking an Attitude/ Tomando Atitude

EN/   Taking an Atitude 

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Where I live is a group of flats on top of high street shops, we are 3 house numbers and share the same entrance. For this reason, a lot letters and all type of correspondence gets to our common entrance hall. There is a shelf where the correspondences can be organised and stored, but recently it has been a total mess.

London is a city that is always changing, people move in and out very frequently and not always update their addresses. This is the case here, we receive letters of people who moved out (of the country even) and this contributes to the mess of correspondence combined with lazy residents who never pick up their letters downstairs.

No one seems to care about it here, the number of flyers, letters, magazines, etc, is increasing and I find difficulty to find my correspondence there. Tired of this I decided to take an attitude to change that. On this video I show the quantity of letters, and separate them in relation to the flat’s numbers and left the pack of correspondence at people’s doors.

I hope that this way, they are somehow forced to see how many letters they left behind, and do something about them, either if it is theirs or of previous residents.

Can you believe that one of my neighbours opens his letter to see the content and leaves it open on the shelf downstairs?

I found around 5 letters for us lost in that mess.

PT/   Tomando Atitude

Eu moro em um pequeno conjunto de apartamentos a cima de lojas e restaurantes de rua, aqui somos 3 números de residência que compartilham a mesma entrada. Por isso, muitas cartas e correspondências de todos os tipos se acumulam no nosso hall de entrada. Tem uma estante onde as correspondências podem ser colocadas e organizadas, mas recentemente se tornou uma zona total.
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Nuclear Family/Família Nuclear

EN/   Nuclear Family

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The idea that a structured family seems perfect, conflicts of other families that aren’t in this group stipulated by society, how they differ and crossover came to my solo mental discussions. This made me choose “The Nuclear Family and its Conflicts” as my project’s theme in May 2013.

Having this theme in mind, I wanted then to use my creativity and an appropriated process to make a visual work based on my comments, analysis and critiques.Through this work, I wanted to show how we are led to stereotype certain types of families, what activities are linked to family members either nuclear or not, the good and bad all with some kind of sense of humour.

To be able to make thoughts visual with more facility to manipulate details, I imagined that using Image Appropriation would match perfectly with my work, not only because I can mix varied imagery and materials, but also because I have experimented it by making collages previously to communicate my ideas in an artistic way.

When making collages, the process of gathering imagery and materials is very important, so I used all the magazines and leaflets I had as source. Other materials like, cardboard, sugar paper, chocolate papers/package and unwanted prints were used to certain details and support on my compositions. It was very important to have an idea in mind, it prevented from getting stuck when choosing images. Having it, I started looking only at relevant things linked to family relationships and activities, related objects and text to support. The decision to make collages gave me the flexibility to play, move and change images and their meanings, juxtaposition, cover and hide, all in a very detailed way to express my critiques on the theme.

See the project on my Flickr album

Seven collages were produced for this portfolio as an outcome, and each one has its individualities, details and messages to the viewer:

Collage 1, I tried to illustrate what society determines a “Real Life” or “Real Family” should look like, by referring to family admission tickets formed of 2 adults and 3 children. Visually, I mainly used a family photo in a frame, a museum’s leaflet cutout of the family pack price and “Real Life” text.

Collage 2, is inspired on a magazine’s article about domestic violence against women, telling that scalding coffee was splat on her by husband. Visually, I used their photos, and played around with word cross, coffee mug and biscuits as scenario for the violence, “Coffee Break” as text.

Collage 3, is about a family together having fun, showing that differently to Collage 1 real family, there are other families and structures. Visually, I used golden bars as pillars under iron structures where the family is playing, which signifies that they depend on the structure to keep harmony and economical comfort.

Collage 4, shows an other side, represented by a single/divorced mum, who needs to take care of kids, home, work and her own all by herself. Visually, I added her many arms holding different objects each signifies different activities, a halo made by an architectural image was positioned behind her head, referring her as the ideal mum, even under disadvantaged conditions, as “Madonna and Child” painting, a Saint or super mum.

Collage 5, is based on the idea that well structured families are more likely to offer more comfort and extra activities to their kids. Visually, I created a hyperactive girl with ballet shoes, ballet tutu made with chocolate paper and swimming glasses, in a bedroom.

Collage 6, is inspired on what I noticed with people I know with more stability, for this reason they spend more time and money to get involved with decorating their rooms as a nest that will last for a long while. Visually, I collected different coloured stripes put together, as well as classic textured wallpaper, lace and decorative flags. Traditional frames were put over them to show that they are on a wall; the collage is on a wall.

Collage 7, is a reflection to Collage 6, which was my view on other people’s rooms. Now looking at what I think about my room and life, the feeling that I am always about to move elsewhere once again, I never decorate my room, which makes it look very plain. Visually, I made a frame of spray paint to show how little my room is personalised; it also gives a clue that it refers to a room as it has 4 sides. Spray tins on the side to show that I have the will to be able to put more of myself on the walls. Binoculars looking at stars stuck on them, to signify my dreamy and creative personality that is not always materialised as decoration, but kept in my mind.

Working on this project helped me to translate my thoughts, analysis that I don’t share too often into a visual work, being selective with relevant images that could work with my theme, practicing composition in a tactile way, make my own decisions to manipulate how I wanted the final image to be, adapt not so obvious materials to be part of the context. Overall this project taught me to express myself in a different medium, using different tools and materials to communicate what I have to say.


PT/   Família Nuclear

A idéia de que uma família estruturada parece perfeita, os conflitos de outras famílias que não estão neste grupo estipulado pela sociedade, como eles diferem e contrastam veio em minhas discussões mentais. Isso me fez escolher “A Família Nuclear e seus conflitos”, como tema de meu projeto em Maio de 2013.
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Folding Bags/Dobrando Sacolas

EN/   Folding Bags

There is a post here in the blog in which I wrote about Plastic Bags Use and the new rules in UK of not providing free plastic bags in the shops. So here is a video on how to fold the recycled ones in order to carry in your bag when you go shopping. Video in Portuguese only.

PT/    Dobrando Sacolas 

Tem um post aqui no blog em que eu escrevi sobre o Uso de Sacolas Plásticas e as novas regras aqui em UK de não disponibilizar sacolas plásticas de graça em lojas e mercados. Então aqui está um vídeo sobre como dobrar as sacolas recicladas para poder levá-las na bolsa quando você for fazer compras. 😉

Peculiar Eyeliner/ Delineado Peculiar

EN/    Peculiar Eyeliner

One of the reasons why I am writing this blog is at the same time I express myself, I can share thoughts and ideas with people around the world, specially my loved ones back home. The Internet is today the most important communication tool, and for me (as well as to other people living abroad), it enables to feel closer and still part of the life of people who are really, really far away.

My best friends encouraged me a lot to blog, gave me suggestions and everything. One of the suggestions was to include videos of myself talking about whatever the theme the post is, but the other day they send me a peculiar suggestion. They wanted me to record a “Cat Eyeliner Tutorial”. I am not a makeup artist, and I don’t have much knowledge with moving image, specially recording myself, but I decided to give it a try for the fun of it and to feel closer to those friends, and them close to me. So here it is, in Portuguese only. I may try to include subtitles one day.

https://youtu.be/yePI6JGBgk8

PT/   Delineado Peculiar

Uma das razões pelas quais eu estou escrevendo este blog é, ao mesmo tempo eu me expresso, eu posso compartilhar pensamentos e idéias com pessoas de todo o mundo, especialmente os mais queridos na terra natal. A Internet é hoje a ferramenta de comunicação mais importante, e para mim (bem como a outras pessoas que vivem no estrangeiro), permite a sentir-se mais perto e ainda parte da vida das pessoas que estão muito, muito longe.

Meus melhores amigos me incentivaram muito com o blog, me deram sugestões e tudo. Uma das sugestões era para incluir vídeos de mim falando sobre qualquer que seja o tema do post, mas outro dia elas me enviar uma sugestão peculiar. Elas queriam que eu gravasse um “Tutorial Delineado de Gatinho”. Eu não sou maquiadora, e eu não tenho muito conhecimento de vídeo, especialmente gravar mim mesmo, mas eu decidi fazer uma tentativa por divertimento e me sentir mais próxima dessas amigas, e elas de mim. Então aqui está, em apenas Português. Um dia vou tentar incluir legendas.