A view of an installation, with part of an interview, at the close of a show in Chicago in 2006. The installation is associated with my performance as Ignotus the Mage, dysfunctional fortuneteller. During the exhibition, I appeared as the Mage and used a deck of homemade punchcards and a computer to generate patterns and tell the present (the Mage can't foretell the future or recover the past). The computer replicated the patterns and stored them, along with the face and voice of each participant speaking his or her name. Patterns, voices and faces became the raw material for the installation. In this version, magnetic "stones" control the software. Several people can control the table at one time—some of the events it produces depend on collaboration. Heavy machinery can be heard running in the background--that's what happens when you show your work in a warehouse. Details: paulhertz.net/mage/index.html

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