Thursday June 29th 2017

NSK’S Apology for modernity


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


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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


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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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NSK State Pavilion Venice 2017


by on Mar.01, 2017, under Events


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The NSK State Pavilion, alongside an event that is defined by cultural ambitions, provides the unique opportunity to rethink what a contemporary state should be. In particular, NSK State-in-Time offers an open form of citizenship that contrasts markedly with the spatial states. This pavilion will therefore put the issues that most trouble the states of today – migration, citizenship, history and identity. Given its location in Venice, it will also provoke questions about European heritage and its relation to the actual people living here. This pavilion will seek to generate ideas from a range of individuals about how to build new collectivities and shared histories between peoples. While fragmentation and antagonism seems to be the only prospects for Europe’s immediate future, NSK Pavilion will try to look beyond the deprived horizon and try to imagine a new community.  (continue reading…)

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NSK State Art: New York, The Impossible Return


by on Jan.29, 2017, under Exhibitions


Danica Dakić, "La Grande Galerie," 2004

Wed, Feb 8, 2017 – Sat, Mar 25, 2017,
06:00 PM – 06:00 PM
The James Gallery

Exhibition reception: Wed, Feb 8, 6–8pm

Artists: Marina Abramović / Ulay, Yael Bartana, Danica Dakić, Pablo Helguera, Ištvan Išt Huzjan, Alban Muja, Nebojša Šerić-Shoba, Mladen Stilinović

What is the experience of a state that is not based on territory but on time? In 1992, under different historical circumstances but with political resonance to the contemporary moment, the Slovenian art collective NSK transformed into a national apparatus called the State in Time. Although it does not hold any permanent territory, the State in Time is the virtual home to over 15,000 citizens worldwide, many of them artists. The State issues passports and offers citizens rights of participation, provoking open-ended actions of the citizens as they work out self-constitution, currency, education systems, founding myths, military, production of folk culture, and other state functions.

(continue reading…)

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Symposium: 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale


by on Jun.25, 2016, under Events


This one day symposium will elaborate on the themes addressed by the exhibition NSK Folk Art Rising 1916-2016 and their broader social and cultural impact in relation to the period of commemoration in Ireland and the precarious state of the European Union. Artists and invited guest speakers will discuss the role of the contemporary nation state, the aesthetics of memorialisation in relation to place (both real and imagined) and the relationship between artists/artist’s collectives to the current climate of globalization.

NSK Folk Art Symposium

Friday July 1, 10.00 AM – 5.00 PM

The Lecture Hall, Burren College of Art

 

9:30 Coffee & Registration

10:00 Welcome & Introduction (The Organising Committee)

10:15 Mapping a State in Time (Borut Vogelnik (IRWIN) in discussion with Conor McGrady)

11:00 Artists Forum 1: NSK Aesthetics & Appropriation (Lili Anamarija No, Haris Hararis, Avi Pitchon, David K. Thompson)

11:45 Break

12:00 Dissolve the People and Elect Another (Michaele Cutaya)

12:45 Lunch

1:45 A History of Stone, Origin & Myth (Megs Morley)

2:30 Financial Intervention: Currency Crisis and the NSK State (Charles Lewis)

3:00 Break

3:15 Artists Forum 2: 1916, The State and the Collective Imaginary (Sz.Berlin, Shane Cullen, Conor McGrady & additional participating artists).

4:00 Film Screening: Generate the State (Dir: Johnny Gogan)

5:00 Ends

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