"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

  Just what is it that leads many contemporary artists to restage historic events great and small, performances of the past, and sometimes even imaginary events? Are they possessed by the post-modern demon? (albeit belatedly...) Does this practice spring from a cynical awareness of the decline of values, the surrender – be it dismal or joyful, it makes little difference – to the logic of the society of spectacle? Is it yet another variation of Francis Fukuyama’s bitter prophecy of “the end of history”? Or is it simply the end of the modern myth of the “originality” of the work of art, a further confirmation of the fact that in conceptual art the process is more important than the end product, and an attempt to find a different, deeper path to critique the medial ideology of contemporary society?

RE:akt! Reconstruction, Re-enactment, Re-reporting sets out to offer some answers, albeit not exhaustive or definitive, to these questions linked to the artistic practice of re-enactment and its possible redefinition. Through the texts of critics, theorists and artists such as Jennifer Allen, Antonio Caronia, Rod Dickinson, Domenico Quaranta and Jan Verwoert, and through works by Lucas Bambozzi, Vaginal Davis, Quentin Drouet, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Eva and Franco Mattes (aka 0100101110101101.ORG) and SilentCell Network, the book seeks to explore the relationship between the historical, social and linguistic aspects of re-enactment, and the meaning of this practice, against the background of the history of performance and the increasing mediation of life.

Edited by Antonio Caronia, Janez Janša, Domenico Quaranta

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

Published by

Distributed by Vice Versa, Berlin

Language: English
Release: march 2009

150 x 210 mm / 5.9 x 8.3 in - 144 pages
ISBN: 978-88-903308-6-5

Euro 25,00

Production: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana

Supported by


Domenico Quaranta
RE:akt! Things that Happen Twice

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


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

Curator: Domenico Quaranta