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May 11, 2007

Oracle by Justin Bennett


Available for Consultation Now

Oracle: A project by Justin Bennett for the City of Luxembourg: The Oracle, situated in a park on the rue de Trèves, is available for consulation from 28th April until 2nd December, 2007. A park bench by a clump of trees provides the perfect place to rest, to enjoy the view over the city, and to consult the oracle.

The Oracle predicts the future, of course, but it also comes up with wise statements, comments about the visible environment, personal advice, riddles, instructions for performative actions, political observations, and inspiration for all visitors. It attempts to answer all questions, especially those that the visitor didn’t ask. It is truly a 21st century oracle, using state-of-the-art random technology to prepare and share its wisdom.

The oracle speaks the languages Luxembourgish, French and German. For those not willing to make the journey to the city of Luxembourg, or for the linguistically challenged, an online consultation in English is available. However, because of the great distances involved, and the limitations of bandwidth, the oracle cannot guarantee its habitual variety or accuracy.

Oracle responses inspired by, among others: Delphic utterances, I Ching, Nostradamus, Eno/Schmidt’s “Oblique Strategies”, Situationist International, “Kerndenkers” by André Garitte, Jean Luc Godard’s “One plus one”, George Brecht, Confucius.

voices: Sonja Neuman, Christophe Dumont, Stephie Büttrich.
texts: Justin Bennett, Stéphanie Templier, Renate Zentschnig.
curator: Hou Hanru. - Trans(ient) City program.
production: Art Public Contemporain, Paris.

Posted by jo at May 11, 2007 12:32 PM