Hyperballad

2016

This performance is a live tarot card reading in response to Bjork’s Hyperballad. The song will be played first. After the song is played, the participant (representing Bjork) is invited for a tarot card reading, with each card corresponds to certain verses in the song. This work explores the idea of choices one has to make and how the cards provide different paths to choose from but yet limits the participant to only said choices; no chance in formulating alternatives outside the given paths. 

Hyperballad
Hyperballad

So what do we have here?

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The Heirophant
The Heirophant

Your insatiable desire for freedom, represented by the Goddess of mercy Guanyin. The full moon looms over; the time is ripe for you to break apart from it. Its pull is strong but you have to resist.

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The Hag
The Hag

There is something holding you back. A burden from your past that sticks on you with suction cups.

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The Mask
The Mask

In the immediate future, you'll be dead inside, yet you still look pristine and your words are like flowers; there are cracks that you must plaster, but is that what you should really do?

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The Wheel
The Wheel

You are trapped in a cycle. Of always having to constantly putting on a mask. Its mentally and emotionally draining.

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The Fool
The Fool

Only you can help yourself to break free from this oppressing rigidity.

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The Lovers
The Lovers

I'm sorry, but the greatest obstacle of them all could be the one you truly love. The red thread connects you both.

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The Sun
The Sun

The sun could either be rising or setting, depends on your next course of action. It could either be fortuitous or a huge blow to you.

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The Prison
The Prison

You feel trapped in a glass prison, and you are afraid of getting hurt when you try to break free from it. You'll never know unless you try.

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The Pearl
The Pearl

Deep in the abyss, a pearl awaits. You will suffer a lot, but will be immensely rewarded. To quote Khalil Gibran, "A pearl is a temple built by pain around a grain of sand."

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