"History is not given it has to be constructed, it's pure fiction, like in a novel."

 Actions accomplished

Action #1: Ich Lubbe Berlin!

Reichstag, Berlin
Germany, Dec. 2005

Action #2: Das KAPITAL

Wenceslaw Square, Prague
Czech Republic, Oct. 2006

Action #3: C'était un rendez-vous (déja vu)

Paris city center, Paris
France, May 2007

Action #4: VD as VB

Kapelica gallery, Ljubljana
Slovenia, June 2007

Action #5: Mount Triglav on Mount Triglav

Mount Triglav,
Slovenia, August. 2007

Action #6: Slovene National Theatre

Old Power Station, Ljubljana
Slovenia, October 2007
Action #7: Synthetic Performances

Artists Space, New York, USA
November 2007
Action #8: SS-XXX | Die Frau Helga

Nova gallery, Zagreb
Croatia, November 2007

Action #9: Il porto dell'amore

Rijeka's harbour , Rijeka
Croatia, 2008

Action #10: The Day São Paulo Stopped

São Paulo
Brazil, 2009

Action #11: In The Long Run

UK, 2010

Reconstruction, Re-enactment, Re-reporting

Exhibition curated by: Domenico Quaranta

Featured artists:
  Lucas Bambozzi, Vaginal Davis, Quentin Drouet, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Irwin, Eva and Franco Mattes (aka 0100101110101101.ORG), OHO group, SilentCell Network (Mare Bulc, Janez Janša, Bojana Kunst, Igor Štromajer) and IOCOSE.

During recent years the term re-enactment and the practices it refers to have enjoyed increasing success in the artistic context. On one hand, the success of re-enactment appears to be connected to a parallel, vigorous return to performance art, both as a genre practiced by the new generations, and as an artistic practice with its own historicization. On the other hand the term re-enactment accompanies two phenomena that at least at first glance have very little in common: re-staging artistic performances of the past, and revisiting, in performance form, “real” events – be they linked to history or current affairs, past or present.



Reconstruction, Re-enactment, Re-reporting

  Maribor Art Gallery - Rotovž Exhibition Salon

Trg Leona Štuklja 2
Maribor, Slovenia
October 21 – November 19, 2010


SS-XXX | Die Frau Helga
The Borghild Project Reconstruction

  Fabio Paris Art Gallery

Via Alessandro Monti 13
25121 Brescia, Italy

28 March – 30 April 2009




Concept and Co-ordination:
Janez Janša
Producer: Marcela Okretič

Artists: Lucas Bambozzi, Vaginal Davis, Quentin Drouet, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Eva and Franco Mattes (aka 0100101110101101.ORG), SilentCell Network (Mare Bulc, Janez Janša, Bojana Kunst, Igor Štromajer).

Production: Aksioma - Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana

Project supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia
the Municipality of Ljubljana
and the European Cultural Foundation


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reconstruction, re-enactment, re-reporting

Edited by Antonio Caronia, Janez Janša, Domenico Quaranta

Texts by Antonio Caronia, Domenico Quaranta, Jennifer Allen, Rod Dickinson, Jan Verwoert

Published by fpeditions
Distributed by Vice Versa, Berlin
Language: English

Date of release: march 2009



MNAC - National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest
January 22 – March 13, 2009

ŠKUC gallery, Ljubljana
March 25 – April 17, 2009

MMSU - Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka
May 28 – June 21, 2009

Maribor Art Gallery - Rotovž Exhibition Salon
October 21 – November 19, 2010

Curator: Domenico Quaranta

RE:akt! - meaning not only “to act again” but “to respond to/react upon” and “Regarding: act!”- confronts current ideological and intellectual canons, power structures, policies, and distribution channels by re-enacting selected historical events. Through processes of analysis, deconstruction, re-enactment and (re-)reporting, the intermedia research and presentation project RE:akt! examines media’s role(s) in manipulating perceptions and creating (post)modern historical myths and contemporary mythology.

The english word used to describe these actions (re-enactment) has to be linked with the english neologism enaction coined by the biologist and theorist Francisco Varela, which stresses the active engagement of an organism with the environment as the cornerstone of the organism's development, an the constitution of perception through guided actions rather through passive recording of events.

Domenico Quaranta
RE:akt! Things that Happen Twice

Antonio Caronia
Never Twice in the Same River
Representation, History and Language in Contemporary Re-enactment