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Maska, zavod za založniško, kulturno in producentsko dejavnost
http://www.maska.si/
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Janez Janša, Director
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Tina Dobnik, Production
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Past Events
  • 17 June to 18 June 2017
    The Republic of Slovenia, produced by the Mladinsko Theatre and Maska Institute, My Name is Janez Janša, a film screening and the 350 Janez Janša Bottles project presentation, Bojana Kunst's lecture and book presentation (Artist at Work) and a concert by Laibach at Poznań International Fair MTP1 in Poznań, Poland
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  • 26 March 2017
    Falcon!, a performance by Janez Janša and Iztok Kovač, produced by EnKnapGroup (EKG) and co-produced by Maska Institute, at Staadtheater Mainz in Mainz, Germany
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  • 23 March 2017
    Falcon!, a performance by Janez Janša and Iztok Kovač, produced by EnKnapGroup (EKG) and co-produced by Maska Institute, followed by a discussion with the performers at Tanzquartier Wien in Vienna, Austria
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  • 13 March 2017
    Name Readymade by Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša (Maska Institute and Aksioma Institute) at SUSMA! Art as Activism in Times of Political Silencing at Angewandte Innovation Laboratory in Vienna, Austria
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  • 10 March to 11 March 2017
    Name Readymade by Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša (Maska Institute and Aksioma Institute), Psycho Geographic by Irwin, Protestival by Vuk Ćosić, and a screening of My Name Is Janez Janša, produced by Aksioma Institute and co-produced by Maska Institute and Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), at the meeting Strange Correspendences at Casa Cavazzini in Udine/Videm, Italy
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  • 2 March 2017
    A screening of My Name Is Janez Janša, produced by Aksioma Institute and co-produced by Maska Institute and Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), at Martine Segal Theatre Center in New York, USA
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  • 17 November to 19 November 2016
    Mephisto, co-produced by Maska Institute and Mini Theatre, and Our Violence and Your Violence, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at the Desiré Central Station at Kosztolányi Dezső Theatre, National Theatre Subotica in Subotica, Serbia
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  • 8 July 2016
    A screening My Name Is Janez Janša, produced by Aksioma Institute and co-produced by Maska Institute and Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), at A Long Night of Eastern European Theatre at Internationales Theaterinstitut in Berlin, Germany
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  • 17 June 2016
    The performance Made with Love by Teja Reba (Maska Institute) and a talk with Janez Janša, Teja Reba, Bojana Kunstl and Renata Salecl at the Tanzkongress 2016 at Cumberlandsche Bühne in Hannover, Germany
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  • 30 May to 1 June 2016
    Nótt, produced by the Dance Theatre Ljubljana, and Falcon!, performed by Janez Janša and Iztok Kovač and produced by En-Knap Productions and Maska Institute, at the 33rd Dance Week Festival at Zagreb Dance Centre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 17 December 2015
    A screening My Name Is Janez Janša, produced by Aksioma Institute and co-produced by Maska Institute and Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), at Institute for Theatre Studies in Berlin, Germany
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  • 9 December 2015
    A screening of the film My Name Is Janez Janša, produced by Aksioma Institute and co-produced by Maska Institute and Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), and a Skype talk with Janez Janša (Aksioma Institute) at Paralelní Polis in Prague, Czech Republic
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  • 30 May to 31 May 2015
    A Speculative Glossary, a research project by Maska Institute, and a concert by N’toko at the Trans-Europa Europeans Festival of Performing Arts, supported by the Slovenian Culture and Information Centre, Vienna (SKICA), Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Vienna, at Festival Centre in Hildesheim, Germany
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  • 19 January 2015
    A screening of the film My Name Is Janez Janša, produced by Aksioma Institute and co-produced by Maska Institute and Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), at Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo in Bergamo, Italy
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  • 14 January 2015
    A talk with artist Janez Janša at the launch of his book Life II [in Progress] (Maska Institute, International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana) at Stoke Newington in London, United Kingdom
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  • 17 December 2014
    A screening of the film My Name Is Janez Janša, produced by Aksioma Institute and co-produced by Maska Institute and Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), and a presentation of the project FREE Janez Janša and Mladen Dolar's booklet What's in a Name? at Forum Stadtpark in Graz, Austria
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  • 10 December 2014
    Name Readymade, a lecture and performance by Janez Janša, Janez Janša, and Janez Janša (Maska Institute and Aksioma Institute), organised as part of the exhibition Despite Efficiency: Labour at Turner Contemporary in Margate, United Kingdom
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  • 15 November 2014
    The Debt of Rakef Saška / The Debt of RS, a performance by Saška Rakef produced by Maska Institute, at Belgrade Youth Centre in Belgrade, Serbia
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  • 26 October 2014
    A screening of the film My Name Is Janez Janša, produced by Aksioma Institute and co-produced by Maska Institute and Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), at Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles, USA
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  • 15 October 2014
    Falcon!, a performance by Janez Janša and Iztok Kovač, produced by EnKnapGroup (EKG) and co-produced by Maska Institute, at the 19th International Festival of Contemporary Art 4+4 Days in Motion at Divadlo Archa in Prague, Czech Republic
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  • 25 September to 15 November 2014
    NAME Readymade, a lecture performance by Janez Janša, Janez Janša, and Janez Janša (Maska Institute and Aksioma Institute), and Credits, an exhibition by the same artists, at the group exhibition Dear Art at Gallery Nova in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 24 September to 25 September 2014
    All Together Now!, by Mare Bulc and performers, produced by Maska Institute and co-produced by Bunker Institute and Exodos Institute, Škrip Inc., produced by Maska Institute and co-produced by Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture and in cooperation with Bunker Institute, and Pavla above the Precipice, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at the 39th International Theatre Festival MOT at Youth Cultural Centre in Skopje, Macedonia
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  • 12 September 2014
    A screening of the film My Name Is Janez Janša, produced by Aksioma Institute and co-produced by Maska Institute and Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), at Cortile di Palazzo Pallavicino in Parma, Italy
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  • 4 August to 6 August 2014
    A Tomb for Boris Davidovich, co-produced by Mini Theatre, and The Debt of Rakef Saška / The Debt of RS, a performance by Saška Rakef and produced by Maska Institute, at the 18th International Festival of Contemporary Theatre Zadar Snova at Zadar Puppet Theatre in Zadar, Croatia
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  • 16 July 2014
    The film My Name Is Janez Janša, produced by Aksioma Institute and co-produced by Maska Institute and Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), at the festival Santarcangelo 14 at Sferisterio in Santarcangelo di Romagna, Italy
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  • 30 June 2014
    All Together Now!, by Mare Bulc and performers, produced by Maska Institute and co-produced by Bunker Institute and Exodos Institute, at the Perforations Festival at Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 17 May 2014
    The film My Name Is Janez Janša, produced by Aksioma Institute and co-produced by Maska Institute and Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), at the Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival at Skogen in Gothenburg, Sweden
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  • 9 May to 7 June 2014
    My Fiction is Real, a joint exhibition also featuring the installation Troika by Janez Janša, Janez Janša, and Janez Janša (Aksioma Institute) and a screening of the film My Name Is Janez Janša, produced by Aksioma Institute and co-produced by Maska Institute and Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), at Wivenhoe Park Colchester (University of Essex) in Essex, United Kingdom
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  • 27 March 2014
    The Debt of Rakef Saška / The Debt of RS, a performance by Saška Rakef, produced by Maska Institute at Tanzquartier Wien in Vienna, Austria
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  • 22 March 2014
    The film My Name Is Janez Janša, produced by Aksioma Institute and co-produced by Maska Institute and Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), at UnionDocs - Center for Documentary Art in New York, USA
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  • 13 March 2014
    Radical naming strategies in art and politics, a presentation by Janez Janša and a screening of excerpts from the film My Name Is Janez Janša, produced by Aksioma Institute and co-produced by Maska Institute, and Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), at Not An Alternative in New York, USA
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  • 5 March to 16 March 2014
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland! by Oliver Frljić (Mladinsko Theatre), Sad Sam Lucky by Matija Ferlin (Emanat Institute), Who is Next? by Janez Janša (Maska Institute), and Just the Beginning produced by Via Negativa, at the Festival of the Independent Balkan Scene Transitions: 1. Balkans in Athens, Greece
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  • 23 November 2013
    All Together Now!, by Mare Bulc and performers, produced by Maska Institute and co-produced by Bunker Institute and Exodos Institute, at the Live Art Festival LIMIT at Dom omladine Beograda in Belgrade, Serbia
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  • 21 November 2013 to 12 January 2014
    I am another world - Artistic Authorship between Desubjectivization and Recanonization, a joint exhibition also featuring works by Janez Janša, Janez Janša, and Janez Janša (Maska Institute, Emanat Institute, Aksioma Institute), at Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in Vienna, Austria
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  • 20 November to 24 November 2013
    They Live (In Search of Text Zero) by Milan Marković and Maja Pelević, produced by Maska Institute at Gessnerallee, Kaserne Basel, Teatro Sociale Bellinzona in Basel, Bellinzona, Zürich, Switzerland
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  • 15 November 2013
    The Debt of Rakef Saška / The Debt of RS, a performance by Saša Rakef, produced by Maska Institute at Cultural centre Magacin u Kraljevića Marka in Belgrade, Serbia
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  • 14 November to 4 December 2013
    An exhibition on the Janez Janša Case by Janez Janša, Janez Janša, and Janez Janša (Maska Institute, Emanat Institute, Aksioma Institute) in the framework of the project Smuggling Anthologies at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Croatia
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  • 10 November 2013
    A presentation of Bojana Kunst's book Artist At Work: The Proximity of Art and Capitalism, published by Maska Institute, in the framework of the lecture series Subversive Art & Theory, at Zagreb Youth Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 9 November to 12 December 2013
    A number of screenings of the documentary My name is Janez Janša, directed by Janez Janša, produced by Aksioma Institute and co-produced by Maska Institute and Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), at the Festival Culturescapes Balkan 2013 in Basel, Bern, Chur, Geneva, Zürich, Switzerland
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  • 9 November 2013
    A screening of the documentary My name is Janez Janša, directed by Janez Janša, produced by Aksioma Institute, and co-produced by Maska Institute and Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), at the Influencers Festival at Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain
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  • 23 October to 25 October 2013
    Screenings of films My name is Janez Janša, produced by Aksioma Institute and co-produced by Maska Institute and Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), Thanks for Sunderland, directed by Slobodan Maksimović and produced by Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), and the short film Worst Day Ever, produced by the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT), at the XVIII International TV Festival Bar 2013 in Bar, Montenegro
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  • 5 October 2013
    A screening of the documentary My name is Janez Janša, directed by Janez Janša, produced by Aksioma Institute and co-produced by Maska Institute and Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), at AND2013 - the Festival of New Cinema, Digital Culture & Art at HUB in Liverpool, United Kingdom
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  • 12 September 2013
    Janez Janša's lecture performance NAME Readymade, produced by Maska Institute and Aksioma Institute, at McGill University - ARTS Building in Montreal, Canada
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  • 11 September 2013
    Janez Janša (Maska Institute) presents his latest works at Pavillon des Sciences de la gestion in Montreal, Canada
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  • 5 September 2013
    Janez Janša's lecture performance NAME Readymade, produced by Maska Institute and Aksioma Institute, at Department of Art and Design - Faculty of Arts (University of Alberta) in Edmonton, Canada
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  • 25 June to 26 July 2013
    A screening of the documentary My name is Janez Janša, produced by Aksioma Institute and co-produced by Maska Institute and Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), a master class by the director, and the installation Triplet by Janez Janša, Janez Janša, and Janez Janša as a part of the joint exhibition Mocumentary: Reality Is Not Enough, at Media Forum at Central Exhibition Hall Manege, Moscow Museum of Modern Art in Moscow, Russia
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  • 31 May 2013
    NAME Readymade, a project by Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, produced by Maska Institute and Aksioma Institute, presented at the Spring Festival Graz at FH JOANNEUM in Graz, Austria
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  • 17 May 2013
    A screening of the documentary My name is Janez Janša, produced by Aksioma Institute and co-produced by Maska Institute and Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), and a talk with the director at Blauer Apfel - Platzhaus Teutoburger Platz in Berlin, Germany
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  • 13 April to 27 April 2013
    A Trip by Nejc Gazvoda (Perfo Production), The Year of Hip Hop (Luksuz Production), My name is Janez Janša, produced by Aksioma Institute and co-produced by Maska Institute and Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), at the 20th Days of European Film, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Prague, at Art Brno, Art Ostrava, Bio Central Hradec Králové, Lucerna, Panorama Boskovice, Světozor in Boskovice, Brno, Olomouc, Ostrava, Prague, Czech Republic
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  • 23 March 2013
    The Debt of Rakef Saška / The Debt of RS, a performance by Saša Rakef, produced by Maska Institute at Teatar &TD in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 16 March to 19 March 2013
    Sad Sam Lucky by Matija Ferlin, produced by Emanat Institute, the film My name is Janez Janša, produced by Aksioma Institute and co-produced by Maska Institute and Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), and They Live (In Search of Text Zero) by Milan Marković and Maja Pelević, produced by Maska Institute at the Oslo Interantional Theatre Festival at Black Box Theater in Oslo, Norway
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  • 31 January to 2 February 2013
    Maja Smrekar participating in a chance meeting in the name of Green Rush and Janez Janša (Maska Institute) at the conference The Outsourced / Outsourcing User (Part I): My Name Is Janez Janša at Transmediale 2013 – BWPWAP at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Germany
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  • 15 December 2012
    The video installation Wailing Wall and a lecture by Janez Janša (Maska Institute) at the theme day Green Rules at Brut in Vienna, Austria
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  • 7 December 2012
    NAME Readymade project by Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, produced by Maska Institute and Aksioma Institute at the exhibition Acts of Voicing at Württembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart, Germany
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  • 22 November to 25 November 2012
    Who is next, a performance by Janez Janša (Maska Institute) and Via Negativa at the LIMIT - Live Art Festival in Belgrade, Serbia
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  • 13 October 2012
    The More of Us There Are, the Faster We Will Reach Our Goal, a documentary performance by Janez Janša, Janez Janša, and Janez Janša (Maska Institute) at the eXplore dance festival #7 in Bucharest, Romania
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  • 25 September 2012
    The more of us there are, the faster we will reach the goal, directed by Janez Janša and Janez Janša (Maska Institute) at the International Theatre Festival Nitra at Karol Spišák Old Theatre in Nitra, Slovakia
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  • 21 September to 28 September 2012
    NAME Readymade project by Janez Janša, Janez Janša, and Janez Janša, produced by Maska Institute and Aksioma Institute, Zdenka Badovinac, and Irwin participating in the 24/7 marathon camp on artistic strategies in politics and political strategies in art at the 2012 Steirischer Herbst Festival in Graz, Austria
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  • 15 September 2012
    A panel presentation on theatre remakes by Janez Janša (Maska Institute) at the Remake Symposium at Arnolfini Auditorium in Bristol, United Kingdom
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  • 12 September 2012
    Who is next, a performance by Janez Janša (Maska Institute) at the ZOOM Festival at HKD na Sušaku in Rijeka, Croatia
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  • 7 July 2012
    NAME Readymade, a lecture performance by Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, produced by Maska Institute and Aksioma Institute at the festival Europe (to the power of) n in Berlin, Germany
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  • 23 June 2012
    The project Küche Elf by Janez Janša (Maska Institute) and students of Dance Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin at Akademie der Künste in Berlin, Germany
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  • 14 April 2012
    NAME Readymade, lecture/performance by Janez Janša by Aksioma Institute and Maska Institute at Ivy Film Festival at Brown University in Providence, USA
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  • 14 April 2012
    NAME Readymade, lecture/performance by Janez Janša, produced by Aksioma Institute and Maska Institute at the Festival TUPP at Uppsala Stadsteater in Uppsala, Sweden
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  • 27 January to 28 January 2012
    Who is next? by Janez Janša, produced by Maska Institute at Tanzquartier Wien in Vienna, Austria
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  • 26 November 2011
    Dialogue Finally Together On Time by Bojana Kunst and Ivana Müller, performance-lecture NAME Readymade by Janez Janša, produced by Maska Institute, Forum Stadpark, Aksioma Institute at the Encounters in Synchronous Time project in Athens, Greece
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  • 26 November 2011 to 15 January 2012
    NAME Readymade project by Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, produced by Maska Institute and Aksioma Institute, a part of the Scenarios about Europe: Scenario 2 exhibition and a lecture at Museum of Contemporary Arts - Leipzig GfZK-2 in Leipzig, Germany
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  • 14 October to 15 October 2011
    Who's Next by Janez Janša, produced by Tanzquartier Dunaj and Maska Institute at Inkonst in Malmö, Sweden
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  • 23 September 2011
    Fake it! by Janez Janša produced by Exodos Institute and Maska Institute, at the 10th International Contemporary Dance Festival C/U at Teatr Studio im. St. I. Witkiewicza in Warsaw, Poland
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  • 14 September to 21 September 2011
    NAME Readymade produced by Maska Institute, Forum Stadtpark and Aksioma Institute at the 17th International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA) at Sabanci Center in Istanbul, Turkey
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  • 7 July 2011
    NAME Readymade: Janez Janša & Janez Janša & Janez Janša, produced by Maska Institute at The Frascati Theatre in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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  • 22 December 2010
    Spomenik G by Janez Janša and produced by Maska Institute and Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL) at the Bitef Festival in Belgrade, Serbia
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  • 22 September 2010
    Spomenik G, a reconstruction directed by Dušan Jovanović and Janez Janša, produced by Maska Institute at Bitef Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia
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  • 30 August to 4 September 2010
    Janez Janša in Rijeka - 3 performances and exhibition by J.J. produced by Maska Institute presented at the ZOOM Festival at Croatian Cultural Centre (HKD) at Sušak and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Croatia
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Registered in 1993, Maska Institute is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation for publishing, production, education, and research. It is divided into three departments: Maska Productions (performances, interdisciplinary and visual artworks), Maska Publishing (Maska, Performing Arts Journal as well as books and other publications on contemporary performance and society), and Maska Symposium (an ongoing seminar about contemporary stage arts). Its activities engage in contemporary art and theory, research, experimental performing practices, interdisciplinary art, and critical theory all with a strong emphasis on international cooperation, especially throughout the entire space of Europe.


Maska productions

Maska Productions produces performances and other interdisciplinary, visual, and new media events by innovative, exploring artists as well as first projects of the youngest generation. The performances range from engaged interdisciplinary performances tackling issues such as identity, intimacy, (Slovene) political reality, and mass entertainment to more genre dance works. Maska's latest productions have toured in numerous European countries, the USA, Asia and Africa.

Since 2009 Maska also runs the rehearsal space in the former elementary school in the Šentjakob suburb of Ljubljana. The space offers two small rooms for rehearsals, meetings, and lectures.

Performances

Janez Janša has made reconstructions of the founding performances of experimental Slovene theatre from the 1960s (Pupilia Papa Pupilo and the Pupilčeks [Pupilija papa pupilo in pupilčki] (2006), awarded at the 41st Bitef in Belgrade, and Monument G [Spomenik G] (2009)). His Slovene National Theatre [Slovensko narodno gledališče] (2008) won the award for innovation and aesthetic breakthrough at the 43rd Borštnik Theatre Festival (2008). Irena Tomažin received the Golden Bird Award 2006 for her performance Caprice [Kaprica], co-produced by the City of Women festival. Maska has also produced work by Ivan Peternelj, Magdalena Reiter, Mare Bulc, Neda R. Bric, Teja Reba, Jelena Rusjan, etc.. Jelena Rusjan's Škrip Inc. (2013) and Mare Bulc' All Together Now!, both theatre-music projects with musicians as performers, (2013) have been included in the off programme at the 2014 Week of Slovenian Drama. Maska's productions regularly appear in the Gibanica (Moving Cake) Festival of Slovene Dance.


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International coproductions

We Are All Marlene Dietrich FOR (2005) was a Maska co-production with Iceland Dance Company, in collaboration with Reykjavik Arts Festival. The project was funded through the Trans Danse Europe 2003–2004 which received support from the Culture 2000 programme of the European Commission. Yasmine Hugonnet's Of Other [O drugem] (2007) was co-produced by Synalephe (France), the French Cultural Institute Charles Nodier, Ljubljana, and City Museum of Ljubljana.

In 2008 Maska organised the East Dance Academy, a project aimed at interdisciplinarity and a strong social contextualisation of artistic production. The event included reconstructed performances, screenings of dance and performances from the 1960s and 1970s, live archiving, debates, and lectures. With the project, Maska introduced the platform ARTCHIVE – Contaminated with History, a one-year programme intended to examine the historicisation of contemporary performing arts in Eastern Europe. East Dance Academy is part of the international project What to Affirm What to Perform?, a cooperation between Allianz Kulturstiftung, Centre for Drama Art Zagreb, The National Center of Dance Bucharest, and Tanzquartier Wien.

The 2009 event Shocking Gala Show, marking the 40th anniversary of the emergence of the experimental theatre group Pupilija Ferkeverk, included performances, exhibitions, a conference, and lectures (among others by Hans-Thies Lehmann and Ramsey Burt). The events were financed also through Erste Stiftung, Allianz Kulturstiftung, and the European Cultural Foundation (ECF).

Visual and intermedia production includes co-productions with Cona Institute and Intima Virtual Base, whose project Oppera Internettikka Bollywooddikka, co-produced by Maska, was performed live in New Delhi, India, in the frame of the CeC & CaC - The Carnival of e-Creativity & Change-Agents Conclave, presented by The Academy of Electronic Arts and The India International Centre in 2006.

Maska publishing

Maska is engaged in publishing books related to the broadest area of contemporary performing arts, from theatre, opera, contemporary dance and new ballet to performance, multimedia and new-media art, as well as critical writing on media and society.

Book series

The TRANSformations book series [TRANSformacije] covers contemporary performing arts theory, introducing some new terminology and conceptual frameworks by Slovene or foreign authors, including titles such as Hans-Thies Lehmann's Postdramatic Theatre, Amelia Jones's Body Art: Performing the Subject, co-published by Študentska založba Publishing House, Nicolas Bourriaud's Relational Aesthetics and Postproduction, Bojana Kunst's Dangerous Connections and Artist At Work. The Proximity of Art and Capitalism, Alexei Monroe's Plural Monolith: Laibach and NSK, Jacques Attali's Noise, and Aldo Milohnić's Theories of Contemporary Theatre and Performance Art, etc.

The Mediactions book series [Mediakcije] introduces critical writing on media and society. The series brought translations of Aisthesis: Scenes From the Aesthetic Regime of Art by Jacques Ranciere, Chantal Mouffe's Agonistics: Thinking the World Politically, New Watchdogs by Serge Halimi, Naomi Klein’s No Logo, and Monopoly by Sandra B. Hrvatin and Lenart J. Kučič, dealing with the issue of ownership in Slovene media. The series also includes A Hacker Manifesto by McKenzie Wark, Mike Davis's Buda's Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb, Ariel Dorfmann's and Armand Mattelart's How to Read Donald Duck.

Special issues include books related to performance practice and its reflection, such as Janez Janša – Life [in Progress], containing 55 instructions from the performance and exhibition of the same title and is accompanied with critical writing; No one should have seen this, a chronological review (in English) of ten-year creative endeavours of Via Negativa, one of the most astute Slovenian projects of contemporary performing art of the last decade; a scientific monograph Dynamics of Change in the 20th Century Slovenian Theatre; Marcel Stefančič's Janez Janša: Biography (in Slovenian), and two joint issues of Maska journal with the Croatian journal for performing arts Frakcija and Performance Research.

For a detailed list of titles see http://www.maska.si/index.php?id=129&L=1.

Maska, Performing Arts Journal

The performing arts journal Maska (The Mask) is a successor to the modernist magazine of the same name launched in 1920 (for more on the journal's history see Janez Janša's text below). In 1993 the publication of the journal was taken over by Maska Institute, bringing critical reflection on current productions (domestic and international), texts about the key reformers of the 20th-century scene, and translations of contemporary theoretical texts. Since 2002, the bilingual (English and Slovenian) journal appears three times a year and is mostly topic-related. For a detailed overview see Maska Journal.

Maska symposium

Maska symposium's basic project is the Seminar of Contemporary Performing Arts, co-organised by Cankarjev dom Culture and Congress Centre. The seminar is an all-year programme featuring internationally acclaimed scholars, artists, dramaturgs, and writers. The seminar aims at enhancing analytical and critical thinking about performing arts and facilitating the reading of historical, aesthetic, and cultural contexts to create new forms of reflection on and fulfill the potential of contemporary stage arts. The seminars have discussed topics such as the historicisation of contemporary performing arts, dance dramaturgy procedures, parallel practices of contemporary art, artistic and social assemblage of bodies, animated forms, etc. The participants of the seminar are taking part in The Audience Council, organised by Bunker Institute, Via Negativa, and Contemporary Dance Association Slovenia, which aims to form the space for reflection, discussion, and dialogue and to propel a vibrant exchange of exclusively spectator’s experience, opinions, reflections and expectations.

The Symposium has thus far hosted some prominent names in the fields of philosophy and theory as well as makers themselves, such as Amelia Jones, Bojana Cvejić, Chantall Mouffe, Bojana Kunst, Tim Etchells, Rabih Mroué, Svetlana Mintcheva etc. In 2015, upon the Slovenian translation of Rancière's Aisthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art, Maska co-organised with the Slovene Society of Aesthetics an international conference The Aesthetic Regime of Art: Dimensions of Rancière’s theory, which hosted a number of panelists as well as the author himself. In 2013, upon the publication Maurizio Lazzarato's book The Making of the Indebted Man in Slovenian by Maska Publications, the symposium organised a lecture and a round-table, in cooperation with Tribuna Magazine.

In June 2009, Maska's Symposium organised the panel Difficulties With Contemporaneity. On Historicization Processes in Contemporary Performing Arts in the frame of the 15th Performance Studies International Conference, held in Zagreb, Croatia, the purpose of which was to reflect on the processes of historicisation in contemporary performing arts which were analysed through theoretical reflections, presentations of working methods, and artistic research. The panel was part of Maska's one-year programme East Dance Academy and the project ARTCHIVE - Contaminated with History.

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