Severin’s choice: Aleš Šteger: WRITTEN ON THE SPOT

Ales Steger

A major Slovenian writer, Aleš Šteger, sent me yesterday his statement regarding an amazing post-literary event (both conceptual art and literary event, with a personal philosophical vision), WRITTEN ON THE SPOT:


Date: December 21st 2012

Place: Republic Square, Ljubljana, Slovenia

I have come across the idea while observing a shopping window in Rome on April 4th 2012. Observing an unusual overlapping of images and reflections in the window glass, I felt a strange mixture of attraction and repulsion. This image provoked a question: how could a writer overcome his/her fears connected to the writing? How to put myself and my languages into a position, where the only way out is writing as a kind of physical reaction? Yet, literature usually evades everything that is preplanned. What really brings language to life are the constellation of the accidental: the location where it comes into being, the time when it is being written and the events surrounding the creation.

I wanted to take this “cornering” seriously and create an experiment. The rules of the “game” I have created are simple. I will define specific conditions – the place and the time allocated for writing. The act should happen in a public space, which would allow a certain instability in the process of writing due to unforeseen interactions with the surrounding. I will have 12 hours to write a text, with no possibility of further changes or improvements. The text will become publicly available, in a printed and e-book version, already the following day after it will be written.

The place of my first experiment: Republic Square, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Date and time of writing: December 21st 2012, from 7 AM to 7PM CET. (It is not only the predicted date of the end of the world, by chance it is also the place and time of anti governmental mass protests in Ljubljana. The first part of the writing I will perform in a shopping window, the second part among the people protesting.)

If interested, please follow the project on life stream:

You will be able to download the Slovenian e-book version on December 22nd from my web page:

There will be a round table discussion about the project and the written text on Saturday, December 22nd at 11 AM in Kavarna Maxi, Ljubljana (with Nela Malečkar, Mojca Kumerdej, Igor Grdina, Aleš Šteger and Mojca Renko).”

You may read here my vision on post-literature:


About Constantin Severin

Constantin Severin ( is a Romanian writer and, as a visual artist, the founder and promoter of the award-winning concept known as archetypal expressionism. He is the author of eight books of poetry, essays, and novels, and his poems have been published by major Romanian and international literary magazines. He is one of the editors of the French cultural magazine Levure littéraire.
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