The exhibition “NSK: Past – Present – Future” marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of NSK by depicting the development of the Slovenian artist collective “Neue Slowenische Kunst” from its birth within the context of Yugoslavian alternative culture in the 80s through the founding of the NSK State in Time in 1991, and offers a glimpse into the future.
For reasons known only to the French moral police, Laibach has always had problems getting shows in France. We’ve been accused of fascism and all kinds of paranoid nonsense and cultural chauvinism. The same situation is unfortunately repeating now with our upcoming tour to promote the new album Spectre, released this month by the British label Mute, where Laibach records have been published since 1987. (continue reading…)
:concert, France, Laibach
Taken from Laibach’s uncategorizable forthcoming album Spectre, the rousing synth-pop of “The Whistleblowers” is inspired by provocateurs such as Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, continuing the band’s long-established critique of power and political freedoms. “They predicted the downfall of Yugoslavia through their music,” says Norwegian director Morten Traavik of his most recent collaborators. “Now they’re back in sync with what’s happening.” Formed in 1980 in Trbovlje, Slovenia, Laibach started the Neue Slowenische Kunst art movement, which eventually became a ‘virtual country’ complete with its own passport, amassing a vast collective body of work that was showcased at London’s Tate Modern in 2012. The nostalgic and utopian feel of today’s song is matched by a video that stars a group of young athletes from Riga, Latvia. “It was shot using a one-of-a-kind LOMO camera lens from the Soviet Union,” says Traavik. “This resulted in this extreme widescreen format, much like a three-stripe national flag with the video as the middle stripe.” The director’s 2012 clip of a North Korean accordion band performing A-Ha’s “Take On Me” shared the group’s playful exploration of patriotism and nationhood, while accruing two million YouTube views: “We felt straight away that this is a Laibach-kinda person,” say the band.
Spectre is Out March 3 on Mute.
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The new album sees Laibach once again ‘re-inventing’ itself in a newly-born, yet polished and solid formation. And, as is now their custom, Laibach calls into question all the rigid and cemented interpretations (and prejudices) about itself, about its music, intentions, philosophy and ideology.
NSK Citizens and guests are invited to spend a holiday evening at the NSK State Dacha. This multimedia art installation and accompanying program will take place in a century-old Norwegian-style log villa on Highland Hill in Albuquerque, where it once overlooked an asylum, tuberculosis sanitariums and New Mexico desert sunsets. The festivities will include NSK Projections, exhibitions, a LAIBACH tribute musical performance, and after party. Libations will be available (guests must be 21+).
Non-NSK State passport holders will be issued appropriate visa documentation. All visitors will be required to have an invitation.
The Dacha installation will remain active until it is demolished at an unknown date and time in January 2014.
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IRWIN in collaboration with e-flux
Operations begin: Thursday, December 12, 2013, 7pm
311 East Broadway
New York, NY 10002
Dear NSK Citizens and friend,
You are kindly invited to attend the inauguration of the permanent NSK Electronic Consulate e-flux, New York. The inauguration will take place in e-flux’s building at 311 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002, on Dec. 12 at 7 pm. The diplomatic reception will be inaugurated by NSK consul Anton Vidokle, a representative of the IRWIN group and a representative of NSK Citizens’ New York branch, who will address the honoured guests. Please confirm your participation by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the NSK Electronic Consulate e-flux, the audience will be able to access information about the NSK State in Time and its activities, and also to apply for the NSK passport. (continue reading…)
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