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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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The 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale: Folk Art Rising 1916-2016


by on Jun.01, 2016, under Articles, Events, Exhibitions, NSK State


Burren College of Art is pleased to announce The 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale: Folk Art Rising 1916 – 2016 as this year’s Burren Annual exhibition. The 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale will bring together over 30 international artists and collectives including special guests and NSK founding members, IRWIN.

The 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale: Folk Art Rising 1916-2016

The Burren Annual
The 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale: Folk Art Rising 1916-2016
June 30 – August 5
Burren College of Art
Newtown Castle
Ballyvaughan
Co. Clare
Ireland

Opening Reception & Performances, Thursday, June 30, 6.00 – 9.00 PM
Symposium Friday, July 1, 10.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Terrain (En) Actions Saturday, July 2, 10.00 AM

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2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale – Call for Artists


by on Jan.11, 2016, under Articles, Events


2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale: NSK Folk Art Rising 1916-2016
The 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale will be held at Burren College of Art, Ireland, in 2016

June 30 – August 5, Burren College of Art, Co. Clare, Ireland

CALL FOR ARTISTS

The NSK State in Time was created in 1992 as a conceptual art project of the Neue Slowenische Kunst collective (founded in Ljubljana in 1984). It was intended as response to the break up of Yugoslavia and was also the natural culmination of NSK’s state-like artistic actions of the previous years. As a virtual state in time and without territory, the NSK State interrogates nationalism, ideology and the relationship between authority and utopian desire in relation to social formations. Since its formation over 14,000 people have become NSK citizens and they have increasingly self-organised in the wake of the 1st NSK Citizens’ Congress in Berlin in 2010, and the 1st NSK Folk Art Biennale in Leipzig in 2014. Other recent citizen-organised events have taken place in Lyon, London, Manchester and New York. Alongside founding NSK collective members, the Biennale featured NSK Folk Art, works generated by NSK citizens who appropriated, reprocessed and redeployed NSK aesthetics, state iconography and motifs to critically examine the contemporary nation state and the often ambiguous nature of the radical alternative posed by the NSK State in Time.

2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale: NSK Folk Art Rising 1916-2016

The 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale will be held at Burren College of Art, Ireland, in 2016. The Burren (or Boireann in Irish) means “stony place,” and is a limestone landscape of cairns, dolmens, and other megalithic structures. A catalyst in the development of the 2nd NSK Folk Art Biennale was the fact that geology in this region has been classified as karst, a word derived from the Kras region in Slovenia, and that karstological terms of Slovene origin like doline and polje have entered the common parlance for local geographic features.

NSK State Folk Art Rising

The Biennale will be the second major NSK related event in Ireland, following NSK events held in 2004 in conjunction with the expansion of the European Union, including an exhibition, performances, and the opening of an NSK passport office in Dublin.

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N$K: New Life for Old Money



by on Dec.25, 2015, under Articles


N$K: New Life for Old Money

On May 12, 2015, an event was held to mark the opening of the NSK: Kapital to Capital exhibition at the Moderna Galerija in Ljubljana, a retrospective of the first ten years of the artist meta-collective, NSK. The end of this period coincided with the end of Yugoslavia and the beginning of the NSK State – a virtual state, complete with passports, which they created. At the event on May 12th members of one of the constituent collectives, Irwin, handed out envelopes marked “N$K”, with a dollar sign. Simultaneously, thousands of miles away in New York, Laibach, one of the other original NSK groups, held a concert where these envelopes were also distributed. Both sets of envelopes contained a new state artifact: NSK State currency.

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