SOLO PERFORMANCE | Boris Kadin (Via Negativa), What Joseph Beuys told me when I was lying dead in his lap
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 | 6 p.m.

Boris Kadin (Via Negativa)

What Joseph Beuys told me when I was lying dead in his lap

Solo performance


“Nobody is born as an artist. You can just die as an artist.”


“There are three basic categories of artists: those who have earned the theme they are dealing with; those who might earn it, and those who definitely have not earned their theme. In my view, the artist can only be worthy of the theme if he unconditionally takes it into himself and provides evidence of it with his own body. To confirm this thesis, I will need a knife tonight.” According to Boris Joseph Beuys is an artist beyond all categories. The only one able to talk about Beuys is “the dead rabbit” which at the opening of his first independent exhibition lay in his lap and listened to Joseph Beuys interpretation of the work created by Joseph Beuys.


Conceived and written by Boris Kadin and Bojan Jablanovec
Performer: Boris Kadin
Direction and video: Bojan Jablanovec
Voice: Joseph Beuys, Ja ja ja ja ja, nee nee nee nee nee
The mask: Sanela Milošević
Producer: Špela Trošt


Production: Via Negativa, 2009, with the support by Ministry of Culture of RS and the City of Ljubljana
Premiere: 26 June 2009, Performance Studies International, PSI 15 Conference, Zagreb


Link: Via Negativa



Via Negativa is an international platform for research, development and production of contemporary performing arts based founded in 2002 and operates under the artistic direction of theatre director Bojan Jablanovec. VN is focused in devising and exploring different performing strategies, with an emphasis on ethics and liveness of performance practices, procedures and genres. VN performing strategies are very diverse: devised theater pieces, lecture-performances, dance pieces, video works, radical body practices, gallery projects … Until 2018 VN devised more than 70 projects and numerous workshops. VN projects involved more than 90 performers from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Belgium, Spain, Ireland, Poland, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, Iceland, Romania, Hungary and were presented in 24 European countries and the USA.

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