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Christian Jankowski

Kölnischer Kunstverein / Schnitt Austellungsraum

Christian Jankowski came to international attention with his innovative, intelligent, and funny video installation Telemistica, 1999, at the last Venice Biennale. But until now, there has been little opportunity to see his work in his native Germany. And so Udo Kittelmann, the director of the Kunstverein in Cologne, decided to present the Venice installation.

Telemistica shows the responses of five Italian fortune-tellers whom Jankowski called during their television programs to consult about the success or failure of his upcoming participation in the Biennale. They ask him about his type of artwork and about his intentions; it’s obvious that the words “video installation” mean almost nothing to them. Conversely, there is little Jankowski can do with their prophecies and advice or their timed prognostications, for instance, when one fortune-teller promises him financial success in the second

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