Lauren Heywood’s ‘Read the Future of the City’ is a 54 deck of playing cards referring to the different functions of ‘the City’. The cards act as a social tool, inviting players to reflect upon the present and future of where they live. Each card offers a point from which the City can be measured through the players’ reading and conversation. By playing games known to the participants, the cards are a flat and accessible instrument to instigate conversation about the mechanisms and values of the city. The project draws upon the long history of playing cards as a tool for conversation, strategy and play; and the divinatory process of tarot reading as a means to gain insight about future situations by posing questions.
The cards will be launched in a series of games across Coventry in 2016.