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My Name Is Janez Janša

'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 5 years ago, when three artists officially changed their names into the name of the Prime Minister of Slovenia, Janez Janša. I am one of them.

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The idea for this documentary sprang from a personal experience. Five years ago I legally changed my name to Janez Janša together with two other Slovenian artists. 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.


In the documentary individuals, artists and academics from all over the world share their thoughts about the meaning and purpose of one’s name from both private and public perspectives. Reasons for changing one's name are explored as the film draws references from history, popular culture and individual experiences, leading us to the artistic case of a name change that caused a stir in the small country of Slovenia and beyond.

In 2007, I and two other artists joined the conservative Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) and officially changed our names into the name of the leader of the party, the Prime Minister of Slovenia, Janez Janša. While each of us changed our names for personal reasons, the boundaries between our lives and our art merged in numerous and unforeseen ways.

Signified as an artistic gesture this particular name change provoked a wide range of interpretations in art circles in Slovenia and abroad as well as among journalists and the general public. From banter to conspiracy - you name it, they've named it.


This documentary features a great deal of internationally known artists, theoreticians, and scholars. Among them are UBERMORGEN.COM, Vuk Ćosić, Franco and Eva Mattes, Jan Fabre, Stephen Kovats, Tim Etchells, Vaginal Davis, Mladen Dolar, Miroslav Košuta, Blaž Lukan, and, last but not least… Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša.

But wait, your name can appear in the film's credits, too!


The documentary is in its post-production phase, which needs some financial strengthening in order to finish the film and reach its audiences worldwide. Filmed in both English and Slovene languages, with a touch of Italian, Croatian, Spanish and French, so far the documentary is subtitled in English and Slovenian languages. We would like to raise € 6,000 for:

  • finishing the sound mix,

  • postproduction of the international cinematographic version and adaptation of the English version for shorter television format,

  • DCP (Digital Cinema Package) copies of the film and HDcam copies for all 4 versions of the film (SLO, ENG, 67 min, 53 min),

  • translation of the film (dialogues and graphics) into other languages and

  • festivals' applications.

You can find out more about the film and all of the Janez Janšas at www.mynameisjanezjansa.com!


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The crowdfunding is over. WE REACHED THE GOAL!

181 patrons supported MY NAME IS JANEZ JANSA and YOU ARE ONE OF THEM!


The crowdfunding campaign went far beyond our expectations: the movie got an injection of 7185 Euro. Now there's no more »maybe« and »perhaps«…



#15 / My Name Is Janez Jansa – First Review


Couple of week ago we organized a test screening of My Name Is Janez Jansa at Kinodvor in order to check the quality of the color correction, the exactness of the graphics, captions and subtitles and, last but not least… the state of the sound mix, which is basically the main technical issue we still have to overcome. It was quite a feeling to see the movie finally running on a large screen.

There were only few of us at the screening plus the film critic and TV anchorman Marcel Štefančič jr. The guy then wrote a review that was published yesterday in the weekly magazine Mladina. This is the very first review about our movie...


P.S. At the moment the review is only in Slovenian. Next week we will post the English translation. Dear international friends… stay tuned!

#14 / Live Crowdfunding Party

I left you another week without feeds. Shame on me!

But, again, you know, there were a lot of important things to do the main one being the organization of the Live Crowdfunding Party at BI-KO-FE last Friday.

The party was great. Lot's of people and good vibes. But most of all... we were able to collect 558 Euro for our movie! We are so happy. Now we just need an extra little effort to finally reach the goal. Only 815 Euro more and the jackpot will be our. The final countdown has started. This is the last week!

We have no good photos of the party as we were too busy enjoying it. But here I post for you the 4 type of T-Shirts we produced for the crowdfunding. Do you like them?

Click, Janez







Since the early 1990s the question of shared identity was always ubiquitous in the global massmedia and peer-to-peer networks. And now the lovely and subversive case of Janez Jansa pops up in our system of perception and sneaks into everybodys attention. The only truly global common denominator of human culture is film, and now this - big screen - magic is abused by a group of rogue artists trying to steal what is already theirs...

vienna, april 2012

#12 / MY NAME IS JANEZ JANSA. Crowdfunding rewards

Janez Jansa rewards 12eur
Janez Jansa rewards 12eur

12€ reward

You'll get 'Special Thanks' credit on the film, on the film's website and social media.

Janez Jansa rewards 18eur
Janez Jansa rewards 18eur

18€ reward

You'll be able to download the file of the documentary »My name is Janez Janša« and be among the first to see it + You'll get 'Special Thanks' credit on the film, on the film's website and social media.

Janez Jansa rewards 25eur
Janez Jansa rewards 25eur

25€ reward

You'll get a copy of the limited edition DVD of »My name is Janez Janša« autographed by the 3 artists Janez Janšas + 'Special Thanks' credit on the film, on the film's website and social media.

Janez Jansa rewards 40eur
Janez Jansa rewards 40eur

40€ reward

You'll get one of 4 exclusive T-shirts of your choice + a copy of the limited edition DVD of »My name is Janez Janša« autographed by the 3 artists Janez Janšas + 'Special Thanks' credit on the film, on the film's website and social media.

Janez Jansa rewards 70eur
Janez Jansa rewards 70eur

70€ reward

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#11 / Crowdfunding party at Bi-Ko-Fe

Dear supporters of the movie My Name Is Janez Janša, yes, I did it again... I wasn't writing for quite a while on this blog. But I had a good excuse for not doing it. I actually took advantage of the International Workers' Day to do concentrate on some technical issues about the doc and on its promotion.

As the result of this efforts we managed to get 3 new media sponsors: The internationally distributed magazine Neural dealing with new media art, electronic music and hacktivism, the Slovenian weekly current affairs magazine Mladina and my favourite radio station, Radio Študent, a must-listen-to when I drive around Ljubljana.

They all placed the banner of our movie on their website and are actively helping us pushing the crowdfunding further.

We will also do our part in that sense: we will do a CROWDFUNDING PARTY at Be-Ko-Fe, next Friday, 11th of May at 10 PM !!!

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#09 / Prince


In 1993, Prince was fed up with his label, Warner Bros, with whom he had signed a $100 million deal less than a year before. They wanted him to release fewer CDs so he wouldn't flood the market. The artist responded by accusing Warner of stifling his creativity but he couldn't get out of his contract so he decided to change his name to an unpronounceable combination of the symbols for male (♂) and female (♀). In order for the media to use the symbol, his record label had to mail out thousands of floppy disks with a custom font.

Officially, the singer explained his new designation in a press statement by saying: ''It is an unpronounceable symbol whose meaning has not been identified. It's all about thinking in new ways, tuning in 2 a new free-quency.''

What about introductions?

As he told an interviewer in 1995, ''I get by. I don't need a name as such, really.''

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In 1967, before the boxing fight, Terrell refused to call Ali by his name. Instead he insisted on calling him Cassius Clay. Ali told him and the press that he was going to punish him mercilessly and make him say his real name.


During the fight Ali called out "What's my name?" to Terrell.


In and interview with Howard Cosell on ABC not long after the match Muhammad Ali apologized for talking to Terrell throughout the fight, and saying "what's my name" then hitting him. However he said he did it so Terrell and other people would respect his religious beliefs. Terrell ended up saying "Muhammad Ali"...

#07 / Thatcher vs. Thatcher

During the United Kingdom general election in 1983 an interesting name change took place.

In May 1983 Mr Colin Hanoman changed his name to Margaret Thatcher and, on the same date, Mr Simon Stansfeld changed his name to Ronald Regan.


Subsequently, on May 23, Mr Thatcher personally submitted nomination papers to the returning officer for the Finchley constituency with himself as candidate and Mr Regan as agent. His description was “Conservationist Party”.



#06 / Promotional DVD ready!

The great news of today is that we have an international distributor for our movie: Taskovski Film LTD.

Now that the deal is done I can finally share this great news with you!

We just received the first 35 copies of our promotional DVD!** With this material Taskovski people will start to spread the movie internationally :)


** This is not yet the final version of the movie but an "advanced rough cut", is to say a version good enough for promotional purposes.

#05 / Tradition of Revolutionary Renaming

Mladen Dolar is one of the fil rouge of our doc. He appears several times and every time with something intriguing and straight to the point. This is one of his interventions.
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Another one was in the trailer that I guess you all see. But… just in case… here it goes again.
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All the graphic animations are the work of Luka Umek. Thumb up for both of them!

#03 / Do you know anyone with the same name and surname as yours?

If yes, then this is a case of homonymy!

Your name is there to make you stand out, to differentiate you from others. But then you might run into someone who has the very same name as you. Homonymy can be a problem, rather serious problem, a problem that might mass up the whole system…

This is made very clear in this fragment of the movie »My Name Is Janez Jansa« feauturing the Dominican immigrant Héctor Ramirez Delgado who is having troubles with homonymy since he was a child.


Enlighten by this story I started to ask people around me about this topic and then I made this patchwork out of their answers…


In the next days I’ll post couple of more radical examples of homonymy. In the meantime if you have short personal stories to tell about homonymy I’ll be happy to read them.


#02 / HELLO!

The crowdfunding has finally started as you noticed :) The result of the first two days is promising. I'm really surprized by the number of reactions It's really nice to feel that people is supporting your project. Thanks!

In the next 38 days we will release short clips of the movie (we have quite a lot of them ready) on our blog: http://www.mynameisjanezjansa.com/

Keep an eye on it or in the FB page of the documentary: http://www.facebook.com/mynameisjanezjansa

Today I worked hard on the movie and at the end of the day it turned out to be a very positive day. In the morning Marcela and I went for a meeting at Teleking which is a department of the company Artrebel. They invited us after reading all the mess that is happening in the Slovenian press around our movie (Slovenian readers can read all articles here: http://www.mynameisjanezjansa.com/?page_id=162) Since they are… read more

#01 / I'm on Verkami Finally!

I'm finally on Verkami and I'm very thrilled about it. I'll do my best to keep you informed about the development of my documentary movie My Name Is Janez Janša. Promise!

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