Carlos Manuel Oliveira da Costa

20000 years of Solitude: ancient pattern seers, searchers and design makers in Rock 3 at Penascosa site, Foz Côa (Portugal)


Prof. Carlos Rosa (PhD)IADE, Universidade Europeia


Design acts with images in many fields, as a process to drive content as a visual informant, communicant or entertainment. The comprehension of the visual content mechanisms in a single image could improve its imagining, creating, producing or experiencing it. Through a kernel for a story as the structure behind a single still image to activate thinking and a meaningful experience, the research is on Rock 3 in Penascosa site (Foz Côa, Portugal) and 13 engraved figures to frame a pattern laying in its design strategy process.

Keywords: Design, single still Image, Story, Narrative, Intuitive thinking, Pattern


This research project is entailed in intensive (and detailed) analysis of a single case: Rock 3 in Penascosa site (Foz Côa, Portugal) and its set of 13 figures engraved. The aim is to find a pristine pattern embedded in the set of figures with 20000 years old and to frame a visual process of narrative design intention. The research is settled on a 3 Stage timeline: Stage 1 (year one), the setting of the case: the history and story of Rock 3 (Penascosa site, Foz Côa, Portugal) and the triggering condition for brain cognition with a still condition in images (stasis). Stage 2 (year 2), the narrative phenomena with narrative with a single still image. Stage 3 (year 3), the discovery of pattern, testing and conclusions.

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