Currently I am developing a card deck themed around the Weimar Republic, to be used as a tool for interactive situation analysis, therapy and play. Its German title Industrie & Glück was borrowed from an old Viennese deck of playing cards . Similar to regular tarot decks it devises a holistic system, a phantasy of symbolic order and coherence, distributed onto 78 cards: 22 trump cards and 56 color cards. But my deck overwrites the christian and feudalist references of traditional tarot and adapts their symbolic associations into a modernist framework.

Colors: Movements, Nerves, Apparatuses, Papers

Personnel Cards : Worker, Counsil, Director, Revolutionary.

Trump Card 0: Odradek


Trump Card 21: The Voice

Die Stimme

The Voice, the final card of the trump cards, serves as the conceptual center of this deck, with every color representing one of its core aspects. Single cards function as nodes in a network of popular 1920's issues, such as physical training, vitalist science, economic instability and political manipulation. Many of the deck's core characters are taken from German silent films, in particular the paradoxical films of Fritz Lang. On the one hand this deck is tied to the ideologies that defined this particular historical era: industrialism, capitalism, communism, masculinism, individualism. It is tied to revolutionary promises of total disruption and renewal, artistic dreams of self-expression, rebellious visions of meaninglessness. One the other hand it is tied to nothing but the readers understanding.

I developed this deck to be used instead of a script in my experimental radio drama Industrie und Glück.