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Signature Event Context Banned from Transmediale.08

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Disclaimer: Mutual statement of the festival direction, the guest curator and the artists


"The performative installation 'Signature, Event, Context' as proposed to the transmediale.08 exhibition by Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša had been accepted for inclusion to the exhibition. In the run-up to the festival due to the curatorial and ethical convictions of Nataša Petrešin Bachelez, the guest curator of the transmediale.08 exhibition, a decision was taken with the festival direction to not include the project. However, after the exhibition opening, and following a discussion with the artists, the festival direction has agreed with the curator to re-include the project, while the curator would like to distance herself from the project. A documentation of the project is on display at the foyer of the House of World Cultures."


Event Background: 

The performance "Signature Event Context" by Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša scheduled for the opening of TRANSMEDIALE.08 the 29th of January 2008 at 8.30 pm at the foyer of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Germany, has been conjunctively CANCELLED by the director of transmediale Stephen Kovats and the Guest-Curator of the exhibition CONSPIRE… Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez. Consequently, Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša anticipated the date of the action performing "Signature Event Context" on January 28, 2008 at 00.01 am

By definition, a written signature implies the actual or empirical nonpresence of the signer. But, it will be said, it also marks and retains his having-been present in a past now, which will remain a future now, and therefore in a now in general, in the transcendental form of nowness (maintenance). This general maintenance is somehow inscribed, stapled to present punctuality, always evident and always singular, in the form of the signature.“ (Signature Event Context, Jacques Derrida)


January 28, 2008
Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša
"Signature Event Context"
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe / Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden EuropasBerlin, Germany

Watch the performance: www.aksioma.org/sec

Signature Event Context - images od the performance:www.aksioma.org/sec/images/sec_screenshot_01.zip

Public Statement - January 28th 2008

Reason for banning S.E.C. from Transmediae.08 

According to the new director of Transmediale Stephen Kovats and to the Guest Curator of the exhibition CONSPIRE… Nataša Petrešin- Bachelez, the great cause for banning this project from the festival  4 days before its opening has to be find in “judicial and legislative reasons” (Kovats) and “personal - curatorial and ethical convictions« (Petrešin-Bachelez).

Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša understand the banning act as an ACT OF POWER perpetrated by the artistic director of the festival and its guest-curator to the detriment of the artists and as an ACT OF VIOLENCE towards freedom of artistic expression.

Artists hereby formally invite the director of Transmediale Stephen Kovats, the guest-curator of the exhibition CONSPIRE… Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez and the general public to an open confrontation on issues disclosed by Signature Event Context to take place in form of a public round table.




Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša
Signature Event Context
Performance, SI, 2008 
Production: Aksioma | www.aksioma.org 
Co-production: Maska | www.maska.si, Arscenic | www.arscenic.info