Jonathan Allen, PhD

Casting for the voice of Strength || Austin Spare and the cultures of cartomancy

This project takes direction from a forgotten deck of fortune-telling cards, hand-painted circa 1906 by the English artist and mystic Austin Osman Spare, and recently rediscovered within the collections of London’s Magic Circle museum. Seen more broadly as one of many contested sites of enchantment within late modernity, this directive object here prompts its own historical overview, and a range of contingent fictocritical readings.