THE FORTUNETELLERS: engagements, episodes, punctuations
The Fortunetellers began in 2007 when I was the artist-in-residence for a scientific expedition near the North Pole. For five months I was on board Tara, a sailboat that was drifting in the frozen pack ice of the Arctic Ocean.
The Fortunetellers is a collection of performances, installations, videos and texts organized into three categories: ENGAGEMENTS, EPISODES and PUNCTUATIONS. The project is a meditation upon the nature of prediction as it was manifested during the expedition including ancient forms of fortunetelling, weather forecasting, oceanographic research, and the day-to-day routines of 10 people drifting in the Arctic with no control over their immediate future: where they will be next, when they will return home.
Like the drift of Tara through the ice pack, The Fortunetellers is a meandering path of research and recollections, etymologies and metaphors that chart a journey where the rhythm of human time is altered by extreme weather conditions, isolation and darkness. The project is built upon superimpositions: images are layered onto each other in the videos and performances, and the past, present and future tenses are interchangeable in the written accounts.