Divination Through Observation of Potatoes

DivinationI visited the police station in Alingsås today, for a very un sinister cause, I needed a new identification card. (the postoffice is holding my bathing suit hostage!) And while waiting for my turn, I find this fantastic, humorous, beautiful potato art on the wall. I had to take a few pictures and when I got home I researched the Artists behind the lovely potato creatures, that were actually in fact potato divinations.
Meditations on Divinations.
This is what it says about the piece on their website. Oh, and it’s from 2011 and was very much relevant then.

“In conjunction with the release of The Last Calendar, artist duo Bigert & Bergström presents a series of artworks at the Forum in Stockholm. Meditations on Divinations is an exhibition that utilises the ancient methods of predicting the future. With the help of coffee grinds, fuse wires and molten tin, this randomly transforms into meaning and the viewer is invited to a séance where patterns and abstraction predict what is coming.”

“The Last Calendar focuses on next year’s predictions of the apocalypse based on interpretations of the long Mayan calendar. Its cycle reaches the end of the road on December 21, 2012, which is also the last date in The Last Calendar. On the way to this grand final, some of humanity’s earlier ideas about Ragnarök are featured in a foreseeable wall calendar for 2012.”

These are my photos from the police station so you have to excuse the glare and funny angles. They are fantastically unique and expressive. They make me want to think up little stories and thought bubbles for them. I wonder what they predicted for 2012.

Patatomancy: Prediction through observation of potatoes, Birgert & Bergström 2011

Official photo.Patatomancy_installation_imagepatatomancy

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