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.
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 Burren Annual
The 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale: Folk Art Rising 1916-2016
June 30 – August 5
Burren College of Art
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
From September 26th 2015 to January 10th 2016 Kunsthalle Osnabrück will show “IRWIN: Wo denkst du hin?!“. The title refers to a German saying which, with its spatial connotation, is impossible to translate. You use it in conversations, when you believe that your interlocutor is drawing the wrong conclusions. You make him notice that, but do not correct him.
The opening of the exhibition NSK FROM KAPITAL TO CAPITAL took place on Monday, 11 May 2015 at the Moderna galerija in Ljubljana.
The retrospective exhibition NSK FROM KAPITAL TO CAPITAL is opening on Monday, 11 May 2015 at 8pm at the Moderna galerija in Ljubljana. The inaugural speech will be given by the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia. Press conference and preview: 11 May, 11 a.m
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.