Spell Kit for Navigating Uncertainty is an essay, toolkit, instructional artwork, and workshop, for the creation and use of speculative tools to find our routes/roots through uncertain times. The project blends practices of spell making with instruments of navigation, and the psychology of wayfinding, to create instruments, instructions, field notes, and bespoke objects. Embodied in the work is a playfulness that incorporates gravitas and humour, expertise and ineptitude, and ultimately a sense of imaginative agency.
In this collaboration, artists Cat Jones and Belgium-based Ingrid Vranken bring together their knowledge and practices in ethnobotany, chemical and metaphysical processes, hauntology, and sensory, participatory art. During Adhocracy, they will develop the workshop component of the project, where participants can create their own navigational instruments and spell instructions alongside contributing to the conceptual framework of this new work.
Artists – Cat Jones and Ingrid Vranken
Image: Cat Jones