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Life documentation

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In the summer of 2007, three artists from Slovenia legally changed their names to “Janez Janša”. This life event introduced a break in their artistic practice, which evolved into one of the most radical explorations of life in the age of biopolitics. This essay discusses their recent work, a continuum that is sometimes produced by companies and institutions as a reaction to their life, sometimes by isolating and documenting specific moments in their life. ID cards, passports, and bank cards become the means of a research that undermines the very concepts of “art” and “artwork”, and that challenges the economic system, the legal system, and the art system while actively seeking for their complicity in order to exist.
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Keywords: Art documentation; ambiguous artefact; biopolitics; life documentation; readymade; subversive affirmation

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2015

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