My Name is Janez Janša: Documentary Film Screening and Artists Talk
8 December 2014 | 6.30pm 8.30pm
Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre
My name is Janez Janša is a documentary film about names and name changes, focusing on one particular and rather unique name change that took place in 2007, when three artists officially changed their names into the name of the Prime Minister of Slovenia, Janez Janša. The screening will be followed by an audience Q&A with Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša, the director and artists featured in the film, who will be present.
"The idea for this documentary sprang from a personal experience. In 2007, I legally changed my name, together with two other Slovenian artists, to Janez Janša. Janez Janša was the Prime Minister of Slovenia at the time and suddenly there were more Janez Janšas acting together within the same physical and media space. The system of reference of names started to crack … This made me reflect on issues such as identity vs identification, multiplicity vs multiplication, the name as an interface between the private and the public, and the personal name as a brand."
– Janez Janša, Director of My name is Janez Janša
This special screening is part of a body of work in to pseudonymity at the Royal College of Art by doctoral researchers Ben Dalton and Emma Brasó, and is supported by the Royal College of Art Film Night Series, the University for the Creative Arts and the AHRC Creative Exchange. The film night marks the beginning of a week-long residency by Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša at the Herbert Read Gallery, University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury with a special event on the 10th of December at Turner Contemporary, Margate.