Research tarot (Lapis, Merel). Non divinatory tarot for performative readings, 78 cards.
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.



Residency Odylus – Temporary social and artistic residency
Former St Odile Clinic, Strasbourg. 04 – 06.20
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Résidence Odylus – Centre d’hébergement social et artistique temporaire
Ancienne clinique St Odile, Strasbourg. 04 – 06.20

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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