This evening, April 21, as part of Urban Undercurrents at the New School, I am presenting “Foolish Journeys,” a participatory performance, in which I will read tarot cards for inquiring hearts.
Foolish Journeys begins from Jacques Derrida’s distinction between the future and l’avenir: “the future is… predictable, programmed, scheduled, forseeable. But there is a future, l’avenir (to come) which refers to someone who comes whose arrival is totally unexpected…totally unpredictable. The Other…”
The tarot is also called “The Fool’s Journey,” in which a seeker sets out in blissful ignorance, to meet the Other and reach the World. The tarot is a guide to encountering l’avenir.
If l’avenir is the meeting with the Other, the unknown, the unpredictable future, then we might lock eyes with this unforeseeable future, this Other, every day in chance encounters with strangers on the city’s streets.
Using the tarot as city guide, Foolish Journeys asks: how might I best prepare myself to meet l’avenir–to meet the city yet to come?