A French translation of the cards and the practice shared in Grenoble in the space Le 102 by the collective Ni Ni.

NiNi programs events not based on a specific form or medium but on a theme, and their theme of the moment (Jan/Mar 2017) is and will be “healing/creation/politics”.



(Denise Ferreira da Silva & Valentina Desideri)

A poetics can take you only so far without an h. If you’re to embrace complex life on earth, if you can no longer pretend that all things are fundamentally simple or elegant, a poetics thickened by an h launches an exploration of art’s significance as, not just about, a form of living in the real world. That as is not a simile; it’s an ethos. Hence the h. What I’m working on is quite explicitly a poethics of a complex realism. – Joan Retellack, Poethical Wager, 2003 

What if, instead of providing a resolution, a direct answer, or a definite interpretation, a reading helped us to navigate the complexity of existence – attending to both its actual and virtual moments – its different positions, relationships and layers that also constitute us? Every reading exposes possibilities, reveals blockages, and shifts perspectives. Beyond the principles of non-contradiction and identity, readings design a space where multiple articulations of situations and events coexist without the imposition of a single meaning or direction.

Drawing from each other’s practices Denise & Valentina come together in a studio for poethical readings. Their studio experiments with reading tools inspired by well-known and newly-designed practices – such as the Tarots, Political Therapy, Palmistry, Fake Therapy as well as Reiki, Astrology, and Philosophy. Belonging to the kind of knowing Walter Benjamin calls intuitive faculty and Carl G Jung names creative thinking, these reading tools assemble images: Reading as imaging, in their practice, consists in an assembling that exposes and navigates the complex context constituting the situation, event, or problem that concerns a person or collective at a given moment and place. As such, it aims at expanding the horizon of interpretation, that is, to open up possibilities and unsettle realities.

'Poethical Readings/Intuiting the Political' open conversation with Denise Ferreira da Silva & Valentina Desideri at Arika's Episode 7: We Can't Live Without Our Lives

‘Poethical Readings/Intuiting the Political’ open conversation with Denise Ferreira da Silva & Valentina Desideri. Photo:  Alex Woodward @ Arika’s Episode 7: We Can’t Live Without Our Lives at Tramway, Glasgow on Saturday 18th April 2015


Brazilian version of Fake Therapy during the carnaval 2013 in São Paulo by Jardim Equatorial. First make a mobile bed then off to the carnaval!

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Ana Dupas has invented this mobile therapy bed to bring the therapy through Brazil’s Carnival!

(English translation of the instructions)


What you will need:

– 1 Aluminium foldable handcart with elastic ropes

– 1 Aluminium foldable ladder with 6 or 7 steps

– 1 single mattress

– 1 rope of apprx. 2 meters

– 1 large plastic sheet (2mx2m) or taped bin bags

– large adhesive tape

How to:

Open the handcart and lay it down.

Lay the closed ladder on top of the handcart as shown in the picture.

Use the elastic rope of the handcart to fix the ladder to the handcart.

Lay the mattress on top of the ladder and use the rope to fix it to the ladder/handcart structure.

Cover with plastic to waterproof the mattress.


Now go out with your mobile bed in the streets, under the rain, to the carnival!


Compagnia Rodomonte doing Fake Therapy at the ARCI OHIBO in Milan (September 2013):


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