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How can the tarot, and related divination practices, teach us to move differently through the city? How can we sense, fall into and out of, the layers of time that surround us in the city? Could using the tarot help us find new depth or new layers in the work of urbanists, architects and artists?

20:00 – 23:00
also this evening

18:00-19:30 Thursday Bite

18:30-19:30 Mercurial Algorithms

19:30-21:30 Thursday Night Workshop: ‘Object Detection Roleplay’

20:00-22:00 BNO IMG LAB ‘Lekker Stangen’

20:00-22:00 Book Night Kees Christiaanse: TEXTBOOK by NAi Booksellers

The museum is free of charge from 17:00-21:00 


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Standard€ 7,50
Students, CJP, Friends and Members of Het Nieuwe Instituut€ 3,75

In this combined lecture and workshop by Adeola Enigbokan, the premise is that the city itself is built in layers of time. Look at the crumbling walls in Tel Aviv, the scaffolding in New York; the season changing in Moscow’s inner courtyards, pass workers digging into the vast maze of sewers, pipelines and wiring under the ground in any city; observe the buildings with their facades from different times, and imagine the constant movement, the rotation of occupancy and design, the many small ways in which people, plants, animals, and (super)natural forces have modified the environments, accumulated over time: sense the how the city is built in layers of time. The city is full of pockets of rhythm, into which one can fall just by walking around. To move through this maze of streets, is to move through time itself. So this is what the tarot is for: learning how to fall into and out of different layers of experience; how to recognize them—how to pay attention.

Whether Marseille or Milan, the history of tarot cards and divination practice is tied to cities. Both in the sense of cities as physical and geographical agglomerations, and cities as civilizations: sets of practices, habits and traditions which speak to the “cultivation” and “domestication” of human, plant, animal. In divination practices, like the tarot, the physical, the geographical, the civilizational, all combine with something more, something unnameable: potential, maybe, or the unexpected—what is latent—the time that sits just adjacent to this time.

Please be aware that you have to buy a seperate ticket if you would like to join the workshop


20:00 - 21:00 Lecture

21:00 - 21:30 Break

21:30 - 23:00 Workshop 

Before the event, you are invited to join the book launch and presentation ‘Schemas of Uncertainty’ at 18.00. Tickets to ‘Archiving the City of the Future: The Tarot & Urban Time' are also valid for 'Mercurial Algorithms’ at 18.30 that evening.

Adeola Enigbokan

Adeola Enigbokan is an environmental psychologist. Dr. Enigbokan explores how the spaces in which we live and work can better express our values and commitments, as individuals and organisations. Dr. Enigbokan holds a PhD in Psychology from the City University of New York and a BA in Anthropology from Columbia University. Dr. Enigbokan currently lectures in Urban Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, and Architectural Design at Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Dr. Enigbokan has studied and practiced with the tarot and various forms of divination from Africa, the Americas and Asia, since 2002.

Thursday Bite

Before the Thursday Night you can grab a bite to eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut. At 18:00 Het Nieuwe Café will a light vegetarian meal. Dinner vouchers are available for € 7.70 up to a day before the particular Thursday Night event via the Tickets link.

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Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Luca Napoli

Thursday Night Live! is a weekly programme of lectures, screenings and discussions on architecture, design and digital culture. Developments and critical insights are discussed by thinkers, designers and makers from the Netherlands and abroad.