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.
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).
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.
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.
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.