Janez Jansa

SS-XXX | Die Frau Helga

The Borghild Project Reconstruction

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Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler ordered in 1941 the development of the world’s first inflatable sex doll meant to serve the sexual needs of the German fighting man. The officer directly responsible for the sex doll project was S.S. commander Heinrich Himmler. The plan was never put into action because the factory that was supposed to manufacture the sex dolls was in the city of Dresden, which was bombed by the Allies. And so Hitler never got to become the “father of the inflatable doll.” The project is based on the text “The Borghild Project – A Discreet Matter of the III Reich” by Norbert Lenz.

Credits

SS-XXX | Die Frau Helga
The Borghild Project Reconstruction
www.reakt.org/ssxxx

Author: Janez Janša
Design: Dejan Dragosavac Ruta
Hardware: Stefan Doepner
Voice: Irena Tomazin
Sound engineer: Aldo Ivancic
Translation: Susanne Lenz
Proofreading: Jana Renee Wilcoxen

The project is based on the text “The Borghild Project – A Discreet Matter of the III Reich” by Norbert Lenz.
Production: Aksioma - Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana
Producer: Marcela Okretic
Co-Production: KONTEJNER | bureau of contemporary art praxis, Zagreb
Supported by the European Cultural Foundation, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, the Croatian Ministry of Culture, the Zagreb Office for Education, Culture and Sports

Janez Janša is a conceptual artist, performer and producer of Italian origins working and living in Ljubljana, Slovenia since 1995. His artistic work has a strong social connotation and is characterized by an inter-media approach. Janša is the author of numerous videos, performances, installations, documentaries and media projects. Among them I Need Money to Be an Artist (1996), Brainscore (2000), Problemarket.com (2001), machinaZOIS (2003), DemoKino – Virtual Biopolitical Agora (2003-06), Brainloop (2006), RE:akt! (2006-) and Signature Event Context (2008). Since 2002 he works as artistic director of Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Arts (www.aksioma.org), a non-profit cultural organization based in Ljubljana, which is interested in producing, presenting and distributing projects that take advantage of new technologies and protocols in order to investigate and discuss the structures of modern society. He collaborates internationally with several artists, museums, institutions, foundations, galleries and festivals. As artist-in-residence he lectures and leads workshops at universities and contemporary art institutes.
He’s currently working on the project RE:akt! in which the re-enactment of selected events is chosen as a strategy for the generation of new meanings.

www.aksioma.org