Dark Matter Cinema Tarot - Out of a State of Emergency

Silvia Maglioni, Graeme Thomson


The Dark Matter Cinema Tarot was developed by Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson during their residency common infra/ctions at Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers and constitutes what the artists refer to as a “vernacular technology”. After being invited to CA2M, Madrid, where several readings were made as part of JORNADAS DE ESTUDIO DE LA IMAGEN 2016, it has now become a fully nomadic practice, assuming a different form each time a Nocturnal Committee takes place. Whenever a Nocturnal Committee is called, members of the assembled group may pose questions to the cards, and through the collective reading that ensues, explore ways in which the images can open up new channels of inter- and infra-subjective perception, connecting different realms of personal, aesthetic and political experience and enquiry by reaching towards the dark matter that haunts the cinematographic image. At the same time, they can tease out alternative narratives and divinatory or therapeutic possibilities that may lie in the constellation of figures and forms resulting from each fall of the cards. In conceiving the DMC Tarot, the artists have replaced the Major and Minor Arcana with a selection of still images drawn from the history of cinema. No longer tied to the symbolism of the classical tarot, suspended between contingency and fatality, the DMC cards refract the questions posed to them through a process of speculative description and collective fabulation and story-telling, with each reading forming a singular montage of gestures, situations and relations. Readings are frequently interwoven with screenings of film sequences and the playing or performance of durational sound pieces that expand upon territories of infra-perception unveiled by the cards.

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Re-visiones - ISSN 2143-0040
HAR2013-43016-P I+D Visualidades críticas, reescritura de las narrativas a través de las imágenes