Lyndal Jones

Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia

Lyndal Jones’ exhibition “Prediction Pieces, 1981–1991” documented performances and installations produced over the last decade in Australia, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Edinburgh. Dramatizing a feminist and post-Structural analysis of our troubled society, Jones used methods of prediction—tarot, dice, weather forecasts—in performances involving slide projections, taped sound, television, dancers, and actors. For this survey, the artist assembled videos and ten vitrines containing the props, costumes, scripts, slides, and documentation for each work. Jones wished to avoid the substitution of the “Prediction Pieces” by their video representation; her vitrines enable careful, textual “reading” of the elements in each performance.

More austere and self-reflexive than later works, the early “Prediction Pieces” introduce several motifs: fortune-tellers; video clips of the wedding of Prince Charles

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