Tarot De Marseille, La Friche La Belle De Mai, Marseille

Tarot De Marseille

La Friche La Belle De Mai

Marseille, France

Aug-Sept

As part of the residency & exhibition Water Drops, We RunBauhaus Lab


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I was invited to undertake an art residency at La Friche La Belle De Mai within the context of Moholy-Nagy’s journey to Marseilles in 1929. I responded to the exhibition space of an architectural structure designed as result of competition to devise a mobile object, the winning design by “Les coffres à jouer” Marseille based  architects Le Cabinet.

The residency saw my inauguration of a new video installation, exploring the possibility of  unearthing any true meaning of Marseille identity through investigating the ancient Tarot of Marseille. Through three films and performance, Yung’s quest to investigate the authenticity of the Tarot and its significance as a belief system unravels in parallel to the flux of Marseille as port city ; it’s undulating topography and diversity, the needs and wants of its inhabitants.

Extending Laslo Moholy-Nagy’s 1929 experimental film Vieux Port, Yung deploys the ancient Tarot De Marseille cards to catapult a very personal Marseilles journey to interpret and multifaceted Marseilleand its diverse cultural quartiers and sea port lineage. Across sculpture to moving image and using her body as a divining tool ; Yung’s new works intercept each other and reconsider space, time and function of La Friche’s interior and the boundaries of French architects Le Cabinet container exhibition boxes as a platform for tapping into the human psyche.

Installation:Exhibition

From Slide Album: Tarot De Marseille
From Slide Album: Tarot De Marseille
From Slide Album: Tarot De Marseille
From Slide Album: Tarot De Marseille
From Slide Album: Tarot De Marseille
From Slide Album: Tarot De Marseille
From Slide Album: Tarot De Marseille
From Slide Album: Tarot De Marseille
From Slide Album: Tarot De Marseille
From Slide Album: Tarot De Marseille

UQ & IA Performance

(You Question and I Answer)

In a live interactionary performance, UQ & IA (You Question and I Answer)  takes place as part of my Tarot De Marseille video installation, transforming Le Cabinet’s modular architectural constructions and crossing exhibition space of La Friche La Belle De Mai with confession box/tarot den. I adopts role of savant/seer/con-artist to satisfy our human need to feel accepted in a simple exchange of Q & A which transpires as a brief yet intense self help/learning  consultation. For fifteen minutes to half an hour, I penetratingly interpret personal questions posed through the draw of tarot deck or dream content of her automatic doodles, leaving viewer to deal with their very real emotions and wrangle with the often perturbing accurate truth posited. There’s a risk involved to confront one’s own interpretations.

See here for Performance video 

10 minutes 30 seconds from 6 hours

From Slide Album: UQ and IA
From Slide Album: UQ and IA
From Slide Album: UQ and IA
From Slide Album: UQ and IA
From Slide Album: UQ and IA
From Slide Album: UQ and IA
From Slide Album: UQ and IA

 The Videos

Tarot De Marseille, 13 minutes, 2009

Yung’s quest to unlock the truth and authenticity of the ancient tarot deck leads her on a quasi divinatory/pre-ordained encounter with characters from Marseille and it’s surrounding locality to uncover Marseille’s psyche, physical topography and the needs and wants of Marseille’s inhabitants. From Mary Magdalene, Marseille tarot reader, disabled young man and priest to elderly widow, Chateau D’if to Le Panier and St Maximin, the instinctive pursuit of these separate lives and locations play out that which is hidden, laying bear our fears and doubts, questioning the absolute and effacing disparate identities.

 VIDEO EXCERPT

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STILLS

From Slide Album: Tarot De Marseille
From Slide Album: Tarot De Marseille
From Slide Album: Tarot De Marseille
From Slide Album: Tarot De Marseille

Interview with a Tarot Master: Phillipe Camoin, 19 minutes, 2009

 

Following a decade of interview refusal and a period of hermit retreat, Interview…provides viewers with a rare insight into the mind of heralded teacher, reader and scientist, Phillipe Camoin; tarot’s ‘last master and guru’. Candidly we shares the secrets of his controversial decoding and modern day reconstitution of the classical Tarot De Marseille deck, produced with Chilean playwright, composer Alejandro Jodorowsky in 1999. The documentary addresses issue of divine inspiration to fate and ‘rebirth’, Camoin’s long family lineage in perpetuating and transforming the traditional practice of the mystical Tarot.

VIDEO EXCERPT

https://vimeo.com/84665288

STILLS

From Slide Album: Interview with A Tarot
From Slide Album: Interview with A Tarot
From Slide Album: Interview with A Tarot

Unite D’Habitation, 5 minutes, 2009

In a visually playful dance of over 6 hours of video footage condensed into a five minute snapshot of Vieux Port, Yung amasses the fruits of her far reaching video investigations – encounters with shop keepers, fishmongers, historians to Marcel Pagnol’s cast members across Marseille’s quartiers. Nodding to Moholy Nagy’s rendition of the city’s faces, Unite truncates viewer’s holistic experience of the story of a place and its people through fragmentation of conversation, architecture and visual experience.

Video Excerpts

See stills Slide Album: Unite D’Habitation

*Making Process*

From View album: Process,
From View album: Process,
From View album: Process,
From View album: Process,

Art-O-Rama, Art Fair, Marseille, France, 11th-26th September

Support: Together with the Architectural Association (London), the C3 Center for Culture and Communication (Budapest), E-werk (Weimar ), TheaterHaus Jena (Jena), the city of Weimar.

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