Archive for January, 2015
Laibach SPECTRE digital deluxe album
A new deluxe version of the 2014’s Laibach album SPECTRE is coming on 30 March 2015. This digital deluxe version of Spectre will feature the original album plus bonus tracks and SPECTREMIX, a remix album that will also be available separately on the same date.
Watch the video for No History from Spectre, directed by Vuk Jevremović
Video for No History was made by artist Vuk Jevremović, a big fan of Laibach. Vuk Jevremović was born 1959 in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), but spent his childhood in ex Jugoslavia. Following the family tradition, he studied Architecture at The Technical University Belgrade and graduated in 1984. After spending some time in the navy as a diver, he decided to dedicate his life to art: painting and drawing. He started exhibiting in 1986 and during the following years he was considered as a promising young artist in former Yugoslavia.
His first animation, The Wind Subsides was shown all over the world, and it won 2 Grand Prix and 17 Awards. The next film, inspired by a R.M.Rilke’s poem, Panther, was also successful. It won 15 international awards and came into final balloting for the Oscar award (1998) as best animation short.
Since then, his life has been linked to animation and he has continued to create short films: Diary (2000, Oscar qualified), Faces (2002), Quercus, (2003), The Wheel Turns (2005) , Close Your Eyes and Do Not Breathe (2006), Lux (2007) and Patience of the Memory (2009, Oscar qualified).
Laibach is collaborating with award winning director Milo Rau on ‘The Dark Ages’ theatre production for Bavarian State Theatre / IIPM, Munich. Within this context Laibach will perform a solo Munich show in Residenztheater on 11th April, 2015.
What happens to people when their beliefs and states fall to pieces?
On what foundations is Europe built?
From 1945 to 1995, from the collapse of the Third Reich to the siege of Sarajevo: In the second part of his Europa trilogy, entitled “The Dark Ages”, Milo Rau focusses on the dark history of a Europe in the process of unifying.
Actors from Bosnia, Germany, Russia and Serbia tell their stories of displacement and homelessness, of departure and arrival, of dedication and despair.
As in Rau’s previous acclaimed production, “The Civil Wars”, and accompanied by music composed for “The Dark Ages” by Laibach, its biographical close-ups paint an intimate tableau of a continent which has been broken repeatedly – a political psychoanalysis of our time.
Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK)
From Kapital to Capital
12 May–17 August 2015
Press preview: Monday, 11 May, 8pm
Opening: Tuesday, 12 May, 8pm
Moderna galerija / MG+MSUM
Curator: Zdenka Badovinac
In 1984, three groups—the multimedia group Laibach (established 1980), the visual arts group Irwin (1983), and the theatre group Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre (SNST) (1983–87)—founded the Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) art collective. That same year, the three groups founded a fourth group, the design department New Collectivism. Later NSK established other subdivisions: the Department of Pure and Applied Philosophy, Retrovision, Film, and Builders.
From Kapital to Capital is the first major exhibition of NSK, the art collective that loudly and clearly proclaimed the emperor naked back in the 1980s, when everybody still—or merely—pretended to believe in the socialist self-management of the slowly disintegrating Yugoslavia. In 1982, Laibach produced a poster titled Death of Ideology; it included pictures of Marx, Engels, and Lenin. It was clear even back then that the only one profiting from Marx’s critique of capitalism was capital, which had already started “saving” the bankrupt socialist economies through the IMF.
In 1990, the Noordung Cosmokinetic Cabinet (the successor of the Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre and the Red Pilot) staged a production titled Kapital; in 1991, Irwin published a book and staged an exhibition titled Kapital; in 1992, Laibach released an album titled Kapital. In this way, NSK reiterated what it had performed in the early 1980s: the end of ideology and the beginning of total capitalism.
LAIBACH EUROPEAN AND US TOUR
Laibach embark on a worldwide tour that includes four UK shows: Brighton’s Concorde 2 on 30 March, Glasgow’s Classic Grand on the 31 March, London’s Electric Ballroom on 2 April and Manchester’s Academy 2 on 3 April.
The tour begins next month in Germany and includes a performance at the Kampnagel / Krass Festival in Hamburg on 14 February.
Alexei Monroe will be participating in the first ever international academic conference on Kraftwerk: “Industrielle Volksmusik for the Twenty-First Century – Kraftwerk and the Birth of Electronic Music in Germany”
The conference will take place at Aston University in Birmingham on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22, January 2015.
Alexei Monroe will speak on Thursday 22 at 14:15 and the title of his lecture is “Trans-Slovene Expressions: Kraftwerk on the Sunny Side of the Alps”. He will discuss the stylistic and cultural connections between Kraftwerk and Laibach and the two Trans-Slovenia Express compilations