Stigmas of the Portuguese Urbe

Every city, regardless of the geography to which it belongs, has common features, defining characteristics formed by its very existence, by gathering people in a limited space. Houses, roads, community settings. Streets, lanes, avenues, and alleys. Hospitals, markets, cemeteries, schools. Stores, cafes, and restaurants.

What makes them distinct is a reflection of the geographical conditions and above all the cultural setting and history of the place and the people who inhabit it (and the legacy of those who have inhabited it).

In Portuguese cities, there are some peculiar indicators that, although not unique, define well our condition.

They are the Lusitanian stigmas that follow us in our streets, in our city life.

Stigmas of the Portuguese Urbe is a collection of thoughts about elements that can be found in cities, towns, and places all over the country.

Each stigma is composed of a sound file, a photograph, and a text.

Author: Carlos Norton

Technical Data Sheet

Sound recorded with Roland CS-10 EM binaurals


Rua Direita (Portimão) (30.01.23 ; 10:44)

37,137950; -8,536883

Recording moving along Rua Direita.



O Escondidinho (Carvoeiro, municipality of Lagoa) (02.09.23 ; 13:15)

37,105592; -8,478619

Recording sitting at the waiting area/bar counter.



Café Central (Pereiro, municipality of Alcoutim) (26.01.23 ; 11:57)

37,46008; -7,595903

Recording seated at a table in the interior room of the café.