video + sound, 3:31 minutes
The playing cards in Probabilities are emblematic of the artist’s preoccupation with fortune telling and the future of the boat, of the team and of the expedition’s route through and out of the pack ice. The howling and moaning soundtrack of the breaking ice represents at once the possibility of relief (in the imminent release of the boat from the ice) and of danger. Since humans began navigating, they have been haunted by the perils of the sea and have often made offerings to saints to assure their safe passage and protection. In Probabilities, the future is in the hands of the players. If they choose to believe in chance, they must leave their choices to the cards, to the grain of the wood table or to the lines of a hand, in order to predict what no scientific document can anticipate. The fissures in the ice therefore become a metaphor for the mystery of their fate. ---Marcelline Delbecq
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