Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 7 p.m.
Artists Space Books & Talks
55 Walker Street
Hosted by Anna Zett (deck) with Bobby Abate (spread), Past & Fortune is an experiment in cartomancy that will incite a discussion on both historical and contemporary forms of political anxiety.
Tarot, an apparatus of romantic fortune-telling, gathers and animates fragments of past cosmologies to produce a holistic vision of the present. The most commonly used card decks, and their adaptations, rely on a political and religious reference system codified by the nobility of late medieval Europe. Yet there are further pasts to be haunted by, and other symbolic orders to dissect and reassemble. With the promises of modernity, progress and the democratic nation state revealed as deeply unstable mythologies, we are ready to replace page, queen, king, and knight with worker, council, director, and revolutionary.
Taking spiritual cues from the Weimar Republic, a new deck-in-progress, titled “Industrie & Glück,” by Berlin-based artist Anna Zett, invites us to leap into pre-apocalyptic Berlin of the 1920s. Grounded in questions of political extremism, emotional chill and vitalist science, it will activate historical links that become only more unsettling through time. Developed to serve as narrative material for a radio play produced later this year, this is a first attempt to experience and discuss this deck in public.
Past & Fortune is strictly limited to 22 participants
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