Sunday December 17th 2017

NSK State in Time – A transnational heterotopia?


by on Oct.23, 2017, under Articles


Laibach Reproduction Prohibited

 

Dear NSK citizens,

My name is Moritz Bühler and I’m studying geography in Mainz, Germany. I decided to write an exam about the NSK State in Time and its relationship towards other spaces and states. Especially the possibility of the NSK State to reflect, represent and invert conventional spaces is what I’m interested in.

I decided to analyze this topic with the help of theory established and developed by Michel Foucault: Heterotopias. In a short sentence: Heterotopias are places, which are connected to all other places by reflecting, representing or inverting them, and they have a special function that can change during the time. For me it looks like an interesting and possible perspective because of the transnational, immaterial or just temporal materialized characteristics as well as playing with these dystopian and totalitaristic structures.

Therefore I’m searching for interview partners to get the point of view of a citizen. The interviews will be via skype. If somebody is interested just send me an email: mbuehler@students.uni-mainz.de, I can also send you my thesis if you want. It’s not that I´m searching for experts, it will be a qualitative interview were we just talk about your experiences, impressions…

Best regards,

Moritz Bühler

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NSK State artists at OSTRALE – Biennale of Contemporary Arts, Dresden


by on Aug.06, 2017, under Exhibitions


NSK State artists at OSTRALE - Biennale of Contemporary Arts, Dresden

NSK State artists at OSTRALE - Biennale of Contemporary Arts, Dresden

11th International Exhibition, 28.7. – 01.10.2017 Dresden

OSTRALE – Biennale is the third largest exhibition for contemporary art in Germany. (continue reading…)

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On this day in NSK State: FOLKART RISING 1916 – 2016


by on Jun.29, 2017, under Events


One year ago, a transnational group of NSK State citizens, artists and allies gathered in the far West of Ireland for the 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale. Following on from the 1st Biennale in Leipzig in 2014, the event was based at The College of The Burren, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, including the historic Newtown Castle, which hosted three live actions on the opening night. The event also spread into and interacted with the unique limestone landscape of The Burren, running down to the dramatic Atlantic coast. Here we present a selection of photos from this memorable event. If you have photos of your own you’d like to share, please send them here or share on our Facebook page.

Opening of the 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale in Ireland

Opening of the 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale in Ireland

Opening of the 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale in Ireland

Opening of the 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale in Ireland

Opening of the 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale in Ireland

Opening of the 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale in Ireland

Opening of the 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale in Ireland.

Opening of the 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale in Ireland

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Opening of the 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale in Ireland    Opening of the 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale in Ireland

Opening of the 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale in Ireland

Opening of the 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale in Ireland

Opening of the 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale in Ireland

Opening of the 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale in Ireland

Opening of the 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale in Ireland

Opening of the 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale in Ireland

Opening of the 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale in Ireland

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NSK’S Apology for modernity


by on May.28, 2017, under Articles, NSK State


nsk facilitator ian cropped

The NSK State Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale takes an unexpected and brave step, locating the NSK State in Time project in cultural-political context, taking responsibility for the resources IRWIN and other components of NSK have mobilised over the past years and giving response to some of the problematic aspects of the project. There has been a perpetual temptation on the part of some NSK State Citizens to imagine that this State in Time stands completely outside any geographical location. It is, after all, a State in Time as opposed to a State in Space. But this imaginary location of the State – and it must always necessarily be a location of some kind for it to exist – is symbolically anchored in a series of coordinates in which Western Nation States were born and through which Western States have offered themselves, sometimes imposed themselves as models for political organisation across the rest of the globe. (continue reading…)

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Apology for Modernity, A Measured Dissent


by on May.14, 2017, under Articles, NSK State


charles-apoligia

The opportunity to engage with the State through our citizenship is always exciting, and doubly so when the instigators of the action are the members of Irwin, one of the collectives responsible for the creation of the NSK State itself. In what might be their first state-wide call-up since the Congress in 2010, Irwin is now soliciting a straight up or down vote on Apology for Modernity, the central document to their NSK State Pavilion in Venice this year. Through this statement and the actions and lectures of the Pavilion the members of Irwin seek to recognize the failings of Modernism as they have affected non-Western states where citizens have been forced to leave and seek refuge, often in the West itself where the offense is doubled by their treatment on arrival. (continue reading…)

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A Confirmation of Civil Unrest


by on May.11, 2017, under Articles, NSK State


Avi Pitchon at the First NSK Citizens Congress 23.10.2010, Berlin

I, NSK Diplomat, Congressman and Timekeeper, have answered “no” in IRWIN’s referendum regarding “An Apology for Modernity”, presented at the NSK State’s Venice Pavilion, for two crucial reasons.

1. once the NSK State shifts from art to politics, it by definition shifts from time to space, it forfeits its mastery over its infinite probablities and willingly collapses into the measurable present. Thus, the NSK State effectively ceases to exist

2. The apology is such an ultimate manifestation of #1, that I’m tempted to think it’s some trick; a Houdini disappearing act…But as long as that is apparently not the case, my answer remains “no” – however, that is not because I necessarily disagree with the contents of the apology, but precisely because, nuances (west, modernism, 1968) aside, the general sentiment expressed in it is something everyone can/would agree with, especially in the current zeitgeist of ‘artivism’ prevalent in biennales, documentas et al. It is turning our state from a mischievious, trickster fairy to an obediant, tame beauty queen.

My loyalty to the NSK State have always stemmed from trusting it to say and do what no one else says or does. With this apology, the NSK State loses relevance, and not gains any. It becomes assimilated. And then burns in a horrible flash, like a vampire native of the black star exposed to the blinding light of the transient.

I will not stand back and watch the NSK State loses its nerves.

 

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