Performance — 27 Jan 2023, 24 Feb 2023, 31 Mar 2023, 2 Apr 2023

Petrozzi’s installation and performance Digital Esoterism reclaims witchcraft as an anti-capitalist tool, and considers the possibilities of using divination to reclaim agency in the era of surveillance capitalism and big data. Divination has been used historically as a means of gaining a sense of control over a mysterious and intangible future. Drawing on the practice of Tarot card reading Petrozzi created an installation comprising an antique table and chairs, where she performs Tarot-like readings using the visitor’s smartphone instead of cards.

Price
museum ticket + € 3
Location
Exhibition 'When Things are Beings', gallery 0.12
Time
27 Jan 2023, 11 am until 12 pm
27 Jan 2023, 2 pm until 3 pm
24 Feb 2023, 11 am until 12 pm
31 Mar 2023, 11 am until 12 pm
31 Mar 2023, 2 pm until 3 pm
2 Apr 2023, 11 am until 12 pm
2 Apr 2023, 2 pm until 3 pm
Main language
English
Admission
Tickets

The work is performed as a one-on-one reading with the artist. Prior to the performance you will be asked to “accept all terms and conditions” and to give your consent to the artist to use your phone by physically stepping through—and across—an Accept All sign that gives access to the exhibition space where the reading will take place. 

MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST 

Ginevra Petrozzi is a designer whose experience is rooted in a desire to expand the notion of magical thinking, and in a quest for enchantment. Her work focuses on infiltrating systems of control and reclaiming animistic, ancestral knowledge to create new hybrid rituals for the contemporary era. Petrozzi is currently assuming the role of “digital witch,” reclaiming the archetypal role of the witch as healer, conjurer, and political rebel for the purpose of providing digital care.

performance Ginevra Petrozzi, 3 hands on a tabel, one of which is using a mobile phone, tarot setting
Ginevra Petrozzi, 'Digital Esoterism', 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Design Academy Eindhoven. Photo: Pierre Castignola.
performance Ginevra Petrozzi, 2 people sitting at a table, tarot setting
Ginevra Petrozzi, 'Digital Esoterism', 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Design Academy Eindhoven. Photo: Pierre Castignola.

CREDITS 

Performing artist: Ginevra Petrozzi
Production: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Curators: Amanda Pinatih, Britte Sloothaak, Jasmijn Mol (intern)

This performance is part of the exhibition When Things Are Beings at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and has been made possible by generous support from the Mondriaan Fund.