Research tarot (Lapis, Merel). Non divinatory tarot for performative readings.
Working document. 2018–2020

Cynthia Montier is French artist researcher and intervener living in Strasbourg. Her work focuses on gestures of citizen and symbolic appropriation in the public space. She gives great importance to the place of belief and spirituality in vernacular, creative and socially engaged practices.
Strongly influenced by popular education, working-class culture and political magic, her approach is based on situated intervention and dialogical devices: conversation as an artistic form, co-creation with actors from different professional backgrounds, transmission of know-how, ritual pedagogy.

Art as a collective experience and relationship as a form of intervention are its levers; the whole proceeds as much from a process as from a mediation by which sensory or intuitive knowledge is transformed into a material (furtive gestures, field surveys, negotiated residencies, participatory workshops, narrative visits, exploratory interviews, documentation, micro-editing etc.).

Cynthia Montier is an artist associated with Syndicat Potentiel, and co-author of the online residency space « Indisciplines oeuuvrières » on the platform.

Cynthia Montier est artiste chercheuse et intervenante basée à Strasbourg. Son travail porte sur les gestes d’appropriation citoyenne et symbolique dans l’espace public. 
Elle accorde une grande importance à la place de la croyance et de la spiritualité dans les pratiques vernaculaires, créatives et socialement engagées. Fortement influencée par l’éducation populaire, la culture ouvrière et la magie militante, sa démarche se déploie à partir d’intervention situées et de dispositifs dialogiques : conversation comme forme artistique, co-création avec des actrices et acteurs de milieux professionnels distincts, transmission de savoir-faire, pédagogie rituelle.

L’art comme expérience collective et la relation comme forme d’intervention sont ses leviers ; l’ensemble procède autant d’un processus que d’une médiation par laquelle des connaissances sensorielles ou intuitives peuvent se transformer en données matérielles (gestes furtifs, enquêtes de terrains, résidences négociées, workshops participatifs, visites narratives, entretiens exploratoires, documentation, micro-édition etc.)

Cynthia Montier est artiste associée au Syndicat Potentiel, co-autrice de l’espace de résidence en ligne « Indisciplines œuvrières » sur la plateforme, et de la plateforme Utopies Réalisables.



📱❤️🗝️ 𝔈𝔰𝔭𝔞𝔠𝔢𝔰 𝔄𝔣𝔣𝔢𝔠𝔱𝔦𝔣𝔰 – 𝔭𝔯𝔬𝔪𝔢𝔫𝔞𝔡𝔢 𝔢𝔵𝔱𝔦𝔪𝔢 𝔢𝔫 𝔡𝔦𝔣𝔣é𝔯é. 29/09 – 31/10/2020. 𝔖𝔶𝔫𝔡𝔦𝔠𝔞𝔱 𝔓𝔬𝔱𝔢𝔫𝔱𝔦𝔢𝔩 + 𝔉ℜ𝔄ℭ 𝔄𝔩𝔰𝔞𝔠𝔢
🗡🧹🛡 « 𝔑𝔬𝔲𝔰 𝔰𝔬𝔪𝔪𝔢𝔰 𝔟𝔢𝔫𝔢𝔡𝔞𝔫𝔱𝔢 ». 𝔚𝔬𝔯𝔨𝔰𝔥𝔬𝔭, 24/09/2020. 𝔘𝔫𝔦𝔳𝔢𝔯𝔰𝔦𝔱é 𝔡𝔢 𝔏𝔬𝔯𝔯𝔞𝔦𝔫𝔢, 𝔐𝔢𝔱𝔷 (𝔉ℜ)
🛹✉️📿 𝔏𝔞 𝔭𝔩𝔞𝔠𝔢 𝔡𝔲 𝔪𝔲𝔰é𝔢. 02/10/2020. 𝔓𝔩𝔞𝔠𝔢 ℌ𝔞𝔫𝔰 𝔍𝔢𝔞𝔫-𝔄𝔯𝔭, 𝔐𝔲𝔰é𝔢 𝔡’𝔄𝔯𝔱 𝔐𝔬𝔡𝔢𝔯𝔫𝔢 𝔢𝔱 ℭ𝔬𝔫𝔱𝔢𝔪𝔭𝔬𝔯𝔞𝔦𝔫 𝔡𝔢 𝔩𝔞 𝔙𝔦𝔩𝔩𝔢 𝔡𝔢 𝔖𝔱𝔯𝔞𝔰𝔟𝔬𝔲𝔯𝔤 (𝔉ℜ)

ℜ𝔢𝔰𝔦𝔡𝔢𝔫𝔠𝔶 𝔒𝔡𝔶𝔩𝔲𝔰 – 𝔗𝔢𝔪𝔭𝔬𝔯𝔞𝔯𝔶 𝔰𝔬𝔠𝔦𝔞𝔩 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔞𝔯𝔱𝔦𝔰𝔱𝔦𝔠 𝔯𝔢𝔰𝔦𝔡𝔢𝔫𝔠𝔶
𝔉𝔬𝔯𝔪𝔢𝔯 𝔖𝔱 𝔒𝔡𝔦𝔩𝔢 ℭ𝔩𝔦𝔫𝔦𝔠, 𝔖𝔱𝔯𝔞𝔰𝔟𝔬𝔲𝔯𝔤. 04 – 07.20
📲 ℜ𝔢𝔰𝔢𝔞𝔯𝔠𝔥 𝔟𝔩𝔬𝔤

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A series of talismans as key rings from the pebbles on the Sainte-Odile site with Odylus residents, who are temporarily occupying places. Doubles are then shaped and decorated with an engraving of the Kenaz rune. This rune shaped in a corner of a roof symbolises the domesticated fire, the torch, the flame, in connection with the hearth or the household: in the past, the population was counted in number of « fire » or luminous « hearths », therefore readable at night. Kenaz, lined and inverted to form a cross, corresponds to the rune Gebo which means hospitality, gift or attachment.


On one side, a series of precious, fetish or sacred objects, on the other, views from the rooms of the former Sainte-Odile clinic.
The ensemble is as much a whole as a mediation to operate in a collective egregore of personal belongings, amulets, talismans, gri-gri, family jewellery, or objects of burden or good luck charms collected with the residents and retranscribed in the form of building site banners to cover, adorn or adorn as an offering the dress and scaffolding of the former Sainte-Odile chapel.
The banners are hung with the residents in complicity with the site workers.


Ritual workshop & performative urban visit at Université de Lorraine24 Septembre 2020, Jeudi des Quatre Temps The Tuesday of the 4 times, 4 groups of anonymous citizens gather to form a collective egregora, a political and spiritual body. The 4 groups wander through the city « traveling in spirit » with 4 tools to 4 diferent sites […]


Ritual of Hopscotch is a protocol of online collective and domestic ritual that experiments with the notion of esoteric-geography – the apprehension of geography as a two-dimensional space: both virtual and esoteric. From the GPS trace of their travels the artist duo creates a sigil (cabalistic seal and magical signature); the sigilic path is transferred […]


Esoterical vandalism & dialogical graffiti as ruses for symbolic appropriations of public space took the shape of a talk during Urban Creativity User Experience Online Conference, curated by Pedro Soares Neves.


External Promises is a simultaneous urban and astral visit through different cities. External Promises — Fortune guide for disaffected places addresses the issue of disaffectec space, as a way of rethinking intimate space (assigned space, sacred space or conquered space) from a post-confinement perspective by applying it to the affective and political relationship to public space. What […]


Graffiti Ouija No. 1 – Oracle Graffiti is a device to allow communication with the banished spirits of the city. It takes the shape of a Ouija board on the scale of a tunnel floor (13 x 3 m), inscribed on the ground with sign paint. While the municipality tries to make them disappear, wandering […]


“Private is political“ is an online dispositive of conversation between women artists and researchers. Using chating or browsing apps, women invited meet virtually to exchange visual references about domestic art as work condition and about the presence of women in public sphere regarding intimacy and spirituality. This gathering is readable from both physical and digital […]


Digitalized, reproduced and abandonned kisses


To come out with one’s head covered with a veil or face concealed is an act of faith as much as an act of protest that draws its sources from vernacular practices of blackening the face as much as from mortuary rituals, social, political or religious practices. The collective invention of veils / scarves / banners will be an opportunity to reflect together on the political power of textiles and the symbolisation and representation of struggles.


Ritual of hopscotch – esotericogeographical attempt is a ritual initiated by Cynthia Montier & Ophelie Naessens, and activated from November 30 to December 01 on the occasion of the Rituals season of the Magasin des Horizons in Grenoble during autumn 2019.


The Research Tarot is a non-divinatory tarot composed of 78 cards (80×145 mm) for as many figures. In contrast to the traditional Tarot de Marseille, the Tarot de Recherche draws on creative gestures and militant postures that predate it. Each reading engages an intervention: a research, an interview, or a performative gesture.


S.F.B. kit est un ensemble d’auto-éditions, entre le fanzine vernaculaire et le multiple d’artiste, co-réalisé avec les ouvriers d’un chantier Strasbourgeois, dont la société de construction est maintenant fermée. Ce corpus éditorial restitue une résidence de travail clandestine et généreuse sur le chantier en question, mise en place grâce à la complicité des ouvriers.



Mise en Pli is the result of a residency initiated clandestinely with the maintenance staff of the Hotel Chicoutimi in Winter 2017: Corps et Manies, domestiquer la tache. This document is a video performance that transcribes the household scores of a comfort attendant working in the rooms of the Hotel, in real time thanks to a Gopro camera. The video document is then broadcast simultaneously on the hotel’s television sets, a vernissage is organized and a booklet is produced for the occasion.

« Oser dire magie, c’est célébrer l’évènement en tant que tel, c’est-à-dire le surgissement d’un possible, la sensation qu’a été défait quelque chose qui liait la pensée et la vouait donc à l’impuissance. »

« Toutes les villes sont géologiques et l’on ne peut faire trois pas sans rencontrer des fantômes, armés de tout le prestige de leurs légendes. Nous évoluons dans un paysage fermé dont les points de repère nous tirent sans cesses vers le passé. Certains angles mouvants, certaines perspectives fuyantes nous permettent d’entrevoir d’originales conceptions de l’espace, mais cette vision demeure fragmentaire. [..]
Ces images périmées conservent un petit pouvoir de catalyse, mais il est presque impossible de les employer dans un urbanisme symbolique sans les rajeunir, en les chargeant d’un sens nouveau. » — IVAN CHTCHEGLOV