Teoria e pratica delle catastrofi
10’00”, 2013

voices: Massimo De Nardo, Jolanda Domizi
in collaboration with Riccardo Giacconi

The needle (tarot card designed by Adrien Beau)

The needle (tarot card designed by Adrien Beau)

In tarots, the board is the image on the card. The bat is the card itself. The set of rules (the institution) in tarots is always communicated through the player, meaning that the rules are not strictly fixed. The way the empirical and the magical intersect on the board leads us to the work of mathematician René Thom, which inspired “Theory and practice of Catastrophes”, which I produced this year in conjunction with Riccardo Giacconi.

The butterfly (tarot card designed by Adrien Beau)

The butterfly (tarot card designed by Adrien Beau)

We produced a series of seven tarot cards (designed by artist Adrien Beau) in connection with the seven ‘fundamental catastrophes’ theorized by Thom as mathematical figures. The series is composed by figures complete in themselves (like formulae) that can be organized into different meanings, narratives and fields, yet never entirely translatable.

Jurga Zabukaite

The fold (tarot card designed by Adrien Beau)

The fold (tarot card designed by Adrien Beau)