In 1999, Jankowski was invited to exhibit in the 48th Venice Biennale. For his contribution, he learned Italian and called five Italian TV fortune-tellers, asking them to predict his future as an artist and forecast the success of his Biennale contribution. The question he posed to each reflects concerns common to many artists. First, is this a good idea? Second, will I manage to make the work with little money and in the allotted time? Third, once the work is finished, will it look good and be presented well? Fourth, will the public like the work? And finally, will I be happy with my work? Jankowski recorded the conversations, and the largely positive answers, directly from television and then presented them as his contribution to the Biennale. As it turned out, the work was a selffulfilling prophecy, since Telemistica contributed fundamentally to the artist’s breakthrough.


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Video (1 Digital Betacam, 1 DVD), 22:00 min, PAL, 4:3, color, sound, Italian with subtitles (English, German, Spanish, Russian), edition of 5, II