In one thematic body of work, Jankowski explores the unique relationship between the artist, the gallery as "institution" and the viewer, which he refers to as a "magic circle".
Presented as a trilogy of video pieces comprising My Life As A Dove, Director Poodle, and Flock, each piece uses magic to transform various human participants into animals.
For My Life as a Dove, Jankowski collaborated with a magician who transformed him into a dove for a duration of three weeks. The message from the magician to the audience was "You're standing in front of Christian's transformation into a dove...be kind to him...and remember that a real artist may sometimes be inscrutable, but a true person as well." Visitors to the exhibition responded to Jankowski as dove, feeding him, taking his photograph, making video documentation, and keeping an ongoing journal of his activities.
In Director Poodle, Jankowski convinces a museum director to subject himself to his magic, allowing the curator to choose the kind of animal he would like to become. The result is his miraculous transformation into a boisterous white poodle.
And Flock (2002), where 12 gallery visitors were turned into sheep and remained in this state while they viewed the other artworks on display.
For the first time since 1996, this year’s edition of Manifesta was curated by an artist, German-born Christian Jankowski. Titled What People Do For Money – Some Joint Ventures, the labour-themed biennial was all about collaboration with unnamed specialists. Frankly, it’s not that different from the usual working process of...
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Located in the Zurich’s ancient core, the Helmhaus museum usually exhibits contemporary art exponents of the most renowned Swiss art scene, with a focus on Zurich. Every year, five exhibitions are usually staged, collectively showing the works of some hundred artists. Great care is taken to represent the art scene’s diversity, so much...
Contemporary artists are great at being dilettantes. Some make a point of how liberating it is to lack skill, others of how liberating it is to delegate to those who know better. Meanwhile, machines continue to outdo humans in more and more skills. More and more humans work in some sort of managerial position, in which their job profile resembles...
Looking out over Lake Zurich, artist Christian Jankowski discusses his Joint Ventures curatorial concept for Manifesta11. The 11th edition of the 'European biennial' Manifesta will be on display until 18 September 2016.