Sunday June 24th 2018

NSK State

Third NSK State Folk Art Biennale Program


by on Jun.14, 2018, under NSK State


3rd NSK State Folk Art Biennale Program of Events

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018

19:00 OPENING of the exhibition with introductory speeches:
Mag. Zoran Poznic, director of DDT
Lili Anamarija No
Alexander Nym

Dance performance: Julia Kaja Hrovat (video), Gea Erjavec (dance)

Performance: Berthold Schymura

Awarding a special prize
IRWIN: Roman Uranjek

21:00 Projection of the documentary film: Music is a temporal art 3: LAIBACH, 52 min (with English subtitles)
Guest:
director Igor Zupa
Jani Novak – Laibach

FRIDAY, 15.6. 2018

11:00 Bus tour through Trbovlje – Mag. Zoran Poznic, director of DDT

16:00 – 19:55 Symposium: RETROPOLIS TRBOVLJE Alexei Monroe; Cultural Theorist, United Kingdom Conor McGrady; dean Burren College of Art, Ireland Charles Lewis; NSK State Reserve, USA

SATURDAY, 16.6. 2018

12:00 Guided tour of the Virtulan Museum of Mining – 4. DRITL POPOLDNE

Evening:

Picnic on Kum +

performance: Johanna May Schmidt

concert: Ditterich von Euler-Donnersperg

SUNDAY, 17.6. 2018

14:30 Film: VICTORY OF REASON (SIEG DER VERNUNFT directed by Ditterich von Euler-Donnersperg), 154 min

18:00 Documentary film: TIME FOR A NEW STATE -1.kongres of citizens of the NSK State (directed by: Igor Zupe), 65 min

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3rd NSK State Folk Art Biennale – Call for Artists


by on Apr.24, 2018, under NSK State


 

The NSK State Folk Art Biennale will return for its third incarnation June 14th-17th in the industrial homeland of NSK, Trbovlje, Slovenia.

After successful events in Leipzig, Germany, and Ireland the tradition will continue with Retropolis Trbovlje, where citizens of the NSK State will bring their own contributions to this artistic identity. (continue reading…)

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NSK STATE SARAJEVO at History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina


by on Apr.03, 2018, under Events, Exhibitions, NSK State


Sarajevo and Laibach have particularly strong connection, which is mostly reflected by the fact that Laibach is one of the groups that had a concert in besieged Sarajevo – on the same date when the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement was held. More than two decades after the “Historical Concert” History Museum of BiH opened the 1995 Laibach Concert Story that was presented as “NSK State Sarajevo” exhibition. The story of the concert is told via exlusive photographs made by Zoran Kanlić, testimonies and documents of citizens of Sarajevo.

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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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