Francesco Urbano Ragazzi

A Mystical Staircase
online exhibition and lecture-performance

Villa Croce Contemporary Art Museum, 63rd-77th
June 23, 2016 – ongoing

a project by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi

with works by Sarah Abu Abdallah, Basma Al Sharif, Johanna Bruckner, FAKA, Gina Folly, ForeverAdaForever, Foundland, Chiara Fumai, Tiril Hasselknippe, Jerome Hill, Institute for New Feeling, Karl Larsson, Kareem Lotfy, Malibu 1992, Miltos Manetas, Eva Papamargariti, Luca Pozzi, Tabita Rezaire, Harry Sanderson, Fabio Santacroce, Bogosi Sekhukhuni, Chai Siris, Berkay Tuncay, Brent Watanabe.

A Mystical Staircase

Curated by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi in collaboration with  63rd-77th STEPS, “A Mystical Staircase”  is a group exhibition in the form of an online tarot deck. It will have the online opening on Thursay 23 June 2016 and a public presentation on Friday 8 July at 9pm in Genova at Villa Croce Contemporary Art Museum (Genova).

Taking its name from an ancient allegory describing the ascension to Knowledge, the project continues the quest for the spiritual dimensions of data consumption that the curatorial duo Francesco Urbano Ragazzi started with The III Internet Pavilion (Miltos Manetas) and The Internet Saga (Jonas Mekas), respectively on the occasion of the 55th and 56th Venice Biennale.

The instructions are quite simple: formulate a question, then pick a card for your reading. One of the 22 artists invited will share a vision with you.  

Sarah Abu AbdallahBasma Al SharifJohanna BrucknerFAKAGina Folly, ForeverAdaForever, FoundlandChiara FumaiTiril HasselknippeJerome HillInstitute for New FeelingKarl LarssonKareem LotfyMalibu 1992Miltos ManetasEva PapamargaritiLuca PozziTabita RezaireHarry SandersonFabio SantacroceBogosi SekhukhuniChai SirisBerkay TuncayBrent Watanabe.

It will be a journey toward the concept of destiny, between chaos magick, Gestalt, and algorithmic casualty; from mystique to mystification and back again.

The cards will project you into a metaphysical frequency which transcends consumerism, fashion trends, the archetypes of corporate “occult” powers and the future of humankind. The platform has been designed to hide and incorporate some subliminal sources: from gambling to the Oracle database company graphics, from the lights of Windows to DNA ladders and of course online divination platforms.

These tarots will also allude to the rotations of our point of view on moving images, a silent revolution which is happening on our devices. The possibility of writing a new vertical cinema.

Now, at your discretion, make a question and pick a card. But remember: the answer is always right and this deck, for your sake, is never wrong.