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This piece is part of the global Re:AKT! project

RE:akt! - C’était un rendez-vous (déja vu)

English: It was a date (re-enacted)

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C’était un rendez-vous (déja vu) is the re-enactment of the film C’était un rendez-vous (Claude Lelouch, 1978) made using a small camera attached to the shell of a turtle. This re-make was done with the "Golden Greek" turtle called Lu-chien. The animal never exceeded 0,32 km/h making the shooting process lasting several days. Lu-chien starts its jurney in a tunnel of the Paris Périphérique passing by well known landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysées, Place de la Concorde, the Louvre, Opéra Garnier, the Moulin Rouge and the Pere Lachaise cemetery. Red lights are ignored, one-way streets are violeted and centre lines are crossed.

If the movie was indeed filmed as Janša claims, it might indicate a criminally reckless disregard for the life and safety of the turtle. Comments attributed to the artist indicate that he acknowledges the moral outrage over his method of shooting this movie as valid. He also states that he was prepared to take the risks in making the movie. During the shooting process Janša has been opposed by activists of BBF for the Welfare and Protection of Animals, objecting the author to disregard animals rights, and stopped by police officers. He was given a large fine, the amount of which he refused to disclose.

Subject : re:AKT!

Action: C’était un rendez-vous (déja vu)
Location: Paris city center, France
Date: April - May, 2007

Concept: Janez Janša
Camera: Lu-Chien the Turtle
Camera Assistant: Séségnon André Zézé
Web: Quentin Drouet
Logistics: Anne Roquigny
Hardware: Hana Batistic
Production: Aksioma - Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana
Producer: Marcela Okretic

Co-Production: Dedale.info, GingerProd (France)

Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia
the Municipality of Ljubljana
the European Cultural Foundation

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