PERSONAL TAROT MOBILES v2 BY DARINA ALSTER

9 04 2009

Tarot game is presented by system of 22 multimedia mobile phones creating the net of communication. All mobiles are named with card names while their contents creates psychological portrait of each card. The meaning of 21 Arcanes of the Tarot game is as complex as human personality. It is impossible to evaluate whether it is positive or negative, it always depends on the overall situation and diverse circumstances. The movies inside the phones are short, edited in a single movement of small performances. These are visually explaining the card meaning. Frames of these movies are collected as photos, situations where time does not exist, because time inside is not continual, it is rather interior time of memories. A mobile phone is a singular entity, as Arcane of Tarot cards. Because of this, the author tries to connect these two media, coming from the past and from the future. The viewer of the installation has access to all the documents stored in the mobile and can even call each card. The portraits take form of videos, photos, ringtones, wallpapers, and SMS. If one wants to ask a concrete question, s/he can send a text message to central phone named TAROT that will forward the question to one of the randomly chosen cards. The card will answer directly to the phone of the viewer. Swiss sound artist Anja Kaufmann created new ringtone melodies as well as a special ringing symphony that starts with several visitors calling in. Dimitrij Strelnikov from Russia programmed modified phone menu. Enter the game!

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Courtesy: Vernon Gallery

Darina Alster (1979) is visual artist, performer, educator, curator and coordinator of cultural events. She lives and works in Prague. She is mostly working with performance and video. Main topics of her artistic interest are Time, Identity and Relationships. In her performances, she exceeds borders of known reality, interrupting real situations with unknown and irrational things, so that they become subconscious. She is mostly experimenting with new media, combining them with archaic media such as Astrology, Tarot, Mythology, Fairytales or other kinds of Archetypes. Her more known projects include: Treasure, Piet, Confessional, Personal Tarot and Naked Lunch. She was art educator at private secondary school for several years, assistant curator at NoD Gallery Prague, currently she is production manager and co-curator of CIANT Gallery Prague.

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