Signature Event Context

On January 28th, 2008, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, and Janez Janša performed Signature Event Context at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, a walking action in the corridors of the Memorial. Each one of them, equipped with a GPS device, covered a different path within the Memorial’s structure this way, together assembling a common signature visible only in virtual space (the Internet).

The performance Signature Event Context explores Derrida’s famous statement on signature and its paradoxical relationship towards originality and repetition.

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 the present punctuality, always evident and always singular, in the form of the signature. This is the enigmatic originality of every paraph. For the attachment to the source to occur, the absolute singularity of an event of the signature and of a form of the signature must be retained: the pure reproducibility of a pure event.

— Jacques Derrida, “Signature Event Context” in Margins of Philosophy, tr. Alan Bass, pp. 307-330

Or watch the video…


Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša
Signature Event Context, Performance, 2008


janez jansa_signature-event-context_detail
Signature Event Context,
Berlin, 2008

Signature Event Context, Berlin, 2008, Performance
Signature Event Context,
Performance (screenshot), 2008


gb Antonio Caronia,
Who Is Afraid Of Janez Janša?

29. 1. 2008

MMC, 28.1.2008

ic_fr Marie Lechner,
Créations à ciel ouvert”,
Liberation, 9. 2. 2008

ic_it Domenico Quaranta,
Janez Janša, uno e trino”,
Flash Art n˙ 269, April/May 2008

gb Robert Luzar,
Multiple Signatures of Subtraction
Mnemoscape Magazine, The Anarchival Impulse,
issue 1, September 2014

October 2014

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