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The Fool, The Devil, The Hierophant, and the Wheel  (2010)

Madame John’s Legacy is two blocks from Jackson Square where, rain or shine, for a small donation, you can consult with one of New Orleans’ finest tarot card readers.  To me, the art of Tarot breaks down complicated cultural phenomena and reveals its nature by applying archetypes to the situation.  The unconscious choice of a random card can suddenly illuminate the truth that one could not face without the metaphor.   

In order to uncover the nature of the unconscious forces guiding the human race through the 21st century, I deconstructed a contemporary television show down to its archetypal elements by filtering it through the lens of tarot card interpretation. I used NBC’s Deal or No Deal as my example global popular culture, because identical versions of the show exist in over 60 countries worldwide. This cultural universality inherent in the format is a manifestation of the zeitgeist and deserves investigation.   

I created a four-channel video projection where each screen is an independent scene or character from the television show and functions as a card in the tarot spread.  The cards were created using up to 20 layers of video, shot “from scratch” and unified in a temporally specific collage.  Each card is a loop of a different length, so when projected together they create randomly assembled visual and audio experience.

Much like the city of New Orleans, this project draws from distinct layers of culture to create its form.  By synthesizing polarities, (Fate vs. Free Will, Spiritual vs. Material, Analog vs. Digital) the end result can can something colorful, beautiful, and tangible. 

-Dave Greber  


0 The Fool

0:42 min. Video Loop



V The Hierophant

0:53 min. Video Loop



X The Wheel of Fortune

3:28 min. Video Loop



XV The Devil

0:30 min. Video Loop



Jill "Blues" Demeny

Rick Weston


Matthew Holdren

Katie Gelfand

Megan Roniger

Brandon Meginley

Alison Radvanović

Alden Eagle

Rachel Stoddard

Bud Reis

Zeke Falcon

Rachel Kravets

Jonathan Traviesa

Matt Aguiluz

Stephen Kwok

Rami Sharkey

Rachel Dainer-Best

Kyle Bravo

Rajko Radvanović

Asst. Director

Katie Gelfand


Phil Rached

Dave Greber

Production/Post Asst.

Phil Rached


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