WHAT IS TAROGRAMMA?
Shrouded from the eyes of the world, a hidden civilisation has long existed in parallel with our own. The elusive land of Tarogramma holds the promise of something far beyond our understanding.
Over the course of human history Tarogramma has been discovered accidentally on several occasions. All we know about the place exists in the artefacts and images recovered from expeditions and from the detailed testimonies of the few who have returned. Using this information, a vivid picture has been built of the people and their lives.
Tarogramma was first brought to major public attention in the late nineteenth century. The Land of Tarogramma, a book detailing of the discovery of a hidden land, was published by an anonymous author. Though immediately dismissed by experts, it caused a flurry of excitement amongst the public. But, as the author remained stubbornly anonymous to their death, no more information could ever be gleaned.
It was only at the turn of the millenium that scholars began seriously researching the existence of Tarogramma. The results were remarkable. Evidence of a hidden land matching the descriptions of Tarogramma could be found in work from most eras of history, stretching as far back as the ancient civilisations.
In time, more people came forward with testimonies and continue to do so to this day. Many expeditions have been sent to discover Tarogramma but none have yet been successful. This is probably due to the fact that the location is inconsistent in each testimony. There are reports from all seven continents, from deep in the Arctic Circle to the centre of the Sahara Desert. Unfortunately for any future expeditions, it would appear that the place can only be discovered by those who are not looking.
It is perhaps this elusiveness that has allowed Tarogramma to live long in the imagination of writers and explorers. As a result, there is no real consensus on the origin or material properties of the place. It is believed by some to be an inaccessible forgotten city, others to be an afterlife, and many to be completely fictional.
But Tarogramma must not be mistaken for an Atlantis or El Dorado. Though it may be seen as an other place there is a consensus amongst scholars that it is real - though where, and in what form we don’t yet know. Descriptions, images and objects collected from wrecks, carried by those few that return, or drawn from first hand accounts are all consistent. Collated by the Tarogramma Archive, they point very clearly to a place that exists, either in reality or our collective consciousness.
Along with these detailed reports there have been many sightings of the place from a distance. These normally come in the form of large structures completely at odds with their surroundings. Experts have identified the objects as research stations, suggesting that while we search for them, they too are searching for us.
Through the discovery of images and artefacts, and through painstaking reconstruction of memories, we have been able to create an image of a complex and fascinating society. A society which is both eerily similar and completely alien to our own.
The Tarogramma Archive was founded in 2019 by Damien Cifelli as a place to collect and document all images, objects and information regarding the hidden civilisation of Tarogramma. It is by far the most comprehensive collection in existence.
The archive was set up as a serious institution to collect and exhibit material, promote further research, educate, and fund future expeditions. Additionally it serves as an speculative embassy for the land of Tarogramma.
Through the digital museum, occasional exhibitions and lending of individual items, the archive aims to raise awareness of this uniquely fascinating place.
From Damien Cifelli - founder of the Tarogramma Archive -
Like all museums, this is not an archive of what we know, but what we think we know. In a sense, it is a museum to the unknown - and on that subject there is endless material.
We collect everything related to Tarogramma - that which is known, that which is hypothesised and even that which is untrue. In collecting these artefacts and accounts we have pieced together a vivid image of the place, but we have a lot of work still to do. Every new piece only makes us want to search for more.
We collect this information in a hope, perhaps, that when brought together they will tell us something truthful - not only about Tarogramma but about ourselves. Often we are so concerned with looking inwards we miss what is out there.
Curiosity has been eroded from the world, bred out of us as adults. In many ways the search for Tarogramma is childlike; we are looking for something with no real idea of what we will find, or if we will find anything at all. But the search alone is worth our time - fuelled by the potential of discovering something truly new.
Due to the Tarogramma paradox, I have little hope of ever seeing the place myself - those invested in its discovery are those who will never find it. Perhaps that is the point. What do we want more than the things we can’t have?
Damien Cifelli, 2019
WHAT IS THE TAROGRAMMA ARCHIVE?