Situated Practice
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Anastasia Balykina, Metropolis Arcana: Site Predictions

A playful method, based on the Tarot system, which predicts the future of the urban area of East London, triggering locals and others to share their experiences of the site.

 This project develops another way collecting information on the streets of London. The inspiration offered by the card system called Tarot creates an intimate atmosphere between a participant and researcher and can be playful tool highlighting questions concerning the future of an area.

This project develops another way collecting information on the streets of London. The inspiration offered by the card system called Tarot creates an intimate atmosphere between a participant and researcher and can be playful tool highlighting questions concerning the future of an area.

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 East London became a platform for trying out the specific Tarot called  Metropolis Arcana  that I designed. This area contains different layers of urban development in one environment: Hackney Wick (the past), Old Stratford (the present) and Olympic Stratford (the future).

East London became a platform for trying out the specific Tarot called Metropolis Arcana that I designed. This area contains different layers of urban development in one environment: Hackney Wick (the past), Old Stratford (the present) and Olympic Stratford (the future).

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 During the period between May and December 2018, through the project I developed a scenario in which I consulted local people about their views on the future of the area using methods drawn from the performing arts which responding to the theatricality of a Tarot reading.

During the period between May and December 2018, through the project I developed a scenario in which I consulted local people about their views on the future of the area using methods drawn from the performing arts which responding to the theatricality of a Tarot reading.

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 The work includes performances using the  Metropolis Arcana  Tarot deck for ‘site predictions’, with the East Arcana a designed with date collected from the area, an artist’s book which describes the method, and a video that documents the process.

The work includes performances using the Metropolis Arcana Tarot deck for ‘site predictions’, with the East Arcana a designed with date collected from the area, an artist’s book which describes the method, and a video that documents the process.

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 Overall  Metropolis Arcana  is composed out of short site-specific stories given to me by people who are living or working in this area. These perspectives can help urban planners, researchers, artists or people interested in a particular part of London to understand the area through the prism of stories and memories about the site.

Overall Metropolis Arcana is composed out of short site-specific stories given to me by people who are living or working in this area. These perspectives can help urban planners, researchers, artists or people interested in a particular part of London to understand the area through the prism of stories and memories about the site.