On the poetics and analogical/digital poetics of José Maçãs de Carvalho


  • Mirian Nogueira Tavares




Portuguese Contemporary Art, Installed images, Archives, Poetics, Memory


This text talks about the Archives of the Portuguese artist José Maçãs de Carvalho. The series begun in 2011, with Archive #0 runs until 2017, with “Archive and Democracy”. In the words of the artist in the introduction to the book Archive and Interval, the project is an open work created over the years, in a compulsive way, using for its material the artist’s archive of photographic and video images, and built during his travels to China. Maçãs de Carvalho’s work reflects a profoundly contemporary issue - the archives - and it creates a cartography of its own since, more than a purely artistic project, it is also a curatorial one.


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Author Biography

Mirian Nogueira Tavares

Associate Professor at the University of Algarve, where she directs the Masters in Communication, Culture and Arts and the Degree in Visual Arts. With academic training in Communication Sciences, Semiotics and Cultural Studies (he did a PhD in Contemporary Communication and Culture at the Federal University of Bahia), he has developed his research and theoretical production work, in fields related to Cinema, Literature and other Arts, as well as in the areas of filmic and artistic aesthetics. She currently coordinates the CIAC (Center for Research in Arts and Communication).


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How to Cite

Tavares, M. N. (2021). On the poetics and analogical/digital poetics of José Maçãs de Carvalho. DAT Journal, 6(4), 48–57. https://doi.org/10.29147/datjournal.v6i4.491