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Published: gen 16, 2022
Photography Psychogeography Experiential Archaeology Ruins
Mihaela Motaianu

This paper describes an experiential archaeology project carried out in three cities in Portugal, Mação, Tomar and Lisbon and analyses, from a poetic perspective, the effects of Time on matter using psychogeography as a method of exploring the urban landscape.

In this case psychogeography was used to experience a poem by the great Portuguese modernist writer and poet Fernando Pessoa, in the same way an observer experiences a cityscape. Photographs of ruins that show traces of degradation caused by the passage of time are presented in the form of four condensed visual narratives that visualise four different versions of the poem's verses.

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Mihaela Motaianu, National University of Arts Bucharest

Mihaela Moțăianu is a Visual Artist and Senior Art Director with over 20 years of experience in Advertising industry. Since 2018 Mihaela is PhD Candidate in Visual Arts at the National University of Arts in Bucharest. 

After graduating National University of Arts in 1997 with a specialization in Graphic Design, Mihaela started her professional career in Advertising. She developed creative concepts and advertising campaigns for several international and local advertising agencies. Over time, she contributed to various advertising campaigns or branding campaigns, developing creative concepts for multinational and local companies.

From 2015 to present Mihaela works as a Lecturer at the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies where she teaches the Desktop Publishing seminar. From 2020 Mihaela joined the team of the Environmental Design Department at the National University of Arts Bucharest as an Assistant Professor.

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