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WHAT’S IN A NAME? → Symposium

Symposium 

Ljubljana, 10-11 January 2018

 

Proper names indicate subjects in their social and political surroundings, allowing for individuals to be distinguished. But names can also act as deregulating agents of subjects, as well as of governmental procedures. Names are performative – they can ‘stand’ for what or whom they indicate in the same way that they can destabilize them. Proper names operate as an interface between individuals and society, and they are always at work. At the same time, however, names are empty signifiers as they ‘wait’ to be filled in by a bearer, to make a ‘proper’ name out of a name. How does a name perform? How do subjects perform their own names? Or, to paraphrase J. L. Austin, ‘how do we do things with names?’

 

The symposium explores instances in which names question, among other things, subjectivity, authorship and regimes of naming, by focusing on the renaming and work by the artists Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša, who in 2007 jointly changed their names to that held by the then Prime Minister of Slovenia. The boundaries between their lives and art began to blur in numerous and unforeseen ways. They have been living their private and public lives, working individually and collectively under the same name, and exploring the philosophical, psychological, political, biopolitical, historical, legal, economic, linguistic, and social implications of the name change. They turned their lives into an ongoing performance, and their art into a powerful means to question rituals and conventions, as well as to discuss the status and function of identity-related objects such as signatures, passports, ID cards, credit and debit cards.

 

The papers to be presented at the symposium investigate the topic of names from various perspectives, and explore how names ‘capture’ and at the same time generate different modes of agency and possibilities for (political) intervention. Names can cause problems, confuse, evoke … or simply (un)do our perception of reality.


Symposium programme

10 January 2018
Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (+MSUM)


11.00
On Names, launch of the Performance Research issue
With the guest editors Konstantina Georgelou and Janez Janša

11.30
Aldo Milohnić
HOW TO DO THINGS WITH NAMES AND SIGNATURES
On the politics of performative (re)naming

12.00
Urša Chitrakar
IS ART BREAKING A LAW?
Certain legal aspects of art by Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša

12.30
Discussion

Lunch break

15.30
Mala Kline
ON ART BETWEEN AUTONOMY AND NON-AUTONOMY
The Janez Janša Project by Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša

16.00
Konstantina Georgelou
JANEZ JANŠA: ACTS OF POLITICISATION BY MEANS OF ART

16.30
Lev Kreft
ALL ABOUT JANEZ JANŠA

17.00
Discussion

Kinodvor

19.30
My name is Janez Janša
Screening of the documentary film (2012)
Followed by the launch of the book Janez Janša and Beyond with the contributors:

 

Mladen Dolar
WHAT’S IN A NAME?

 

Jela Krečič
IN THE NAME OF THE NAME

 

Robert Pfaller
FROM SAMENESS TO MORENESS. COMICALITY AND THE POETICS OF PROLIFERATION

11 January 2018
Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (+MSUM)

15.30
Launch of the exhibition catalogue and guided tour of the exhibition Janez Janša®
With the exhibition curator Domenico Quaranta


ABSTRACTS
PARTICIPANTS

The symposium What’s in a Name? accompanies the survey exhibition Janez Janša® by Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova in Ljubljana, Slovenia from 18 October 2017 to 18 February 2018 (curated by Domenico Quaranta and co-produced by Moderna galerija /MG+MSUM/ and Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana).

What’s in a Name? is part of the ongoing education program Seminar for Contemporary Performing Arts, organised by Maska, Institute for Publishing, Artistic Production and Education, Ljubljana, Slovenia. The symposium is organized by Maska in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova and Kinodvor. The program of Maska is supported by the Ministry of Culture of Slovenia and Municipality of Ljubljana.

What’s in a Name? is conceptually affiliated with the conference Concept/s, organized by Aufhebung – the International Hegelian Association – to be held in Ljubljana from the 11th-14th of January 2018.

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