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INDUSTRIE UND GLÜCK INDUSTRY AND FORTUNE

Industry and Fortune is a card deck themed around the Weimar Republic, to be used as a tool for interactive situation analysis and play. Its German title Industrie & Glück was borrowed from an old Viennese deck of playing cards. Similar to regular tarot decks it devises an enchanted holistic system, a phantasy of symbolic order and coherence, distributed onto 78 cards: 22 trump cards and 56 color cards. This adaptation, however, overwrites the feudal and magical references of traditional tarot and transposes their meaning into a very specific historical setting and a modernist mythology .

Colors: Movements, Nerves, Apparatuses, Papers

Color Positions: Worker, Counsil, Director, Revolutionary.

Every card functions as a node in a network of popular 1920's issues, such as physical movement, vitalist science, economic instability and political manipulation. Many of the deck's characters are taken from German silent films, in particular the paradoxical films of Fritz Lang and the mechanical ballet by Oswald Schlemmer. Others depict historical figures like the dancer Mary Wigman, the boxer Johann "Rukeli" Trollmann, the poet Emmy Hennings or the performer Valeska Geert. Rather than occultism, the deck's cosmology is anchored in revolutionary promises of total disruption and renewal, in individual dreams of self-expression, in rebellious visions of meaninglessness. It might be used to tell stories about systemic violence caused by industrialism, capitalism, racism, masculinism and political religion. It might be used to figure out very personal questions, to inspire intuitive reaction or to order abstract thoughts. Overall the deck is tied to nothing but the readers' understanding.

Initially it was developed to be used instead of a script in the experimental radio drama Industrie und Glück.

 

Examples_Counsil of Nerves:
counsil of nerves

3 of Movements:
3 of movements

Trump Card #0 Odradek:
Odradek Card