Visibility Emblem: Tarot Cards

I feel that it’s only natural to continue with the fortune teller theme using tarot cards as the emblem of visibility.  Tarot cards contain only pictures on one side.  This leaves them at the mercy of their interpreter.  Once again, one must have the ability to create a story from what they see.  Cards can be interpreted in different ways.  For example, death doesn’t necessarily mean death of the body but it can be a transformation of the soul or a rebirth, if you will.  True, with these loose interpretations, the cards will always be right.  What is more important than the future being told is the precise way in which someone reads the cards, intelligently and creatively.  Like Calvino as a young boy making up stories for pictures without words, the tarot card can be interpreted however the reader pleases.


Visibility Analogy: The Fortune Teller

Calvino’s quality of visibility can be compared to a fortune teller.  I have come to this conclusion based on how a fortune teller makes predictions.  I prefer to take a logical approach to this practice and acknowledge that a fortune teller must be trained in this profession.  They ask their client a question, then make a prediction of the future based on their response.  If they get a positive reaction, they continue on in that direction.  If they make a wrong prediction, they tweak it slightly until it fits the client’s needs.  A fortune teller must be sensitive to emotions, a good listener, and have a good imagination.

This is like visibility in that she creates an image in her mind based on her client’s words.  She then responds verbally and the client’s imagination is let lose to dream.  The fortune teller is able to build on what they are given.  Even in “Girls Day Out,” the e-lit example, we’re able to draw some conclusions from the information given to us.  We don’t always need both audio and visual to create a scene for us like a movie.