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- 16 January to 4 March 2016
Monuments Should Not Be Trusted, an exhibition featuring works by Avgust Černigoj, Lojze Logar, NSK (NSK State), Irwin and OHO (OHO Group Award), curated by Lina Džuverović and supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia London, at Nottingham Contemporary in Nottingham, United Kingdom programme
- 24 May 2012
Curator’s Talk: Lina Džuverović on Irwin – Time for a New State / NSK – Folk Art exhibition (cf. NSK State) at Calvert 22 Gallery in London, United Kingdom programme
- 4 April to 22 June 2012
IRWIN – Time for a New State / NSK – Folk Art exhibition presenting Irwin and NSK State at Calvert 22 Gallery in London, United Kingdom programme
Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK)
The collective movement Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK), comprising the groups Laibach, Irwin, Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre (which later evolved into Noordung), Novi kolektivizem (NK) and the Department of Pure and Applied Philosophy, was founded in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 1984, just as socialist Yugoslavia began to fracture. Its aim was to redefine the relation between art and politics, between culture and ideology. Its basic organisational principle was collectivism, a method of work was defined as retro-principle and the whole stylist formation was called Retro-avant-garde. The movement lasted approximately till 1992 when with the emergency of new political, ideological and economic reorganisation of Europe (the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany, the decline of the Eastern bloc, war in Yugoslavia, and the birth of new national entities, including the independent state of Slovenia), the Neue Slowenische Kunst officially launched the NSK State.
NSK State in Time
The NSK State itself is a collective work, a social sculpture, formed by both the iconography and statements of its founders and its citizens' responses to these and to the existence of the State. It has no formal "government” and no "central committee". It only has citizens, diplomats, bureaucrats, and executioners. The last two deal with technical issues and formalities. The State is based on self-management and non-alignment and it coexists as a parasite within already established bodies on the entire area of Time.
The right to NSK State citizenship is acquired through ownership of the NSK passport. By signing the adjoining statement the bearer of NSK passport pledges to participate on a best-effort basis to support the integrity of the NSK State. The NSK State passport is a document of a subversive nature and has a unique value. The applicability of the passport is unlimited and subject to the responsibility of its holder but in general the NSK passport may not be misused for criminal, ideological, religious or political purposes conflicting with the contents of NSK and/or jeopardising its integrity, reputation and good name. Today, with already more citizens than the Vatican, the NSK State has a strong potential to develop into a serious international and global force.
The NSK State is now left to its own devices, entirely responsible for itself and solely depending on all its citizens. It will only exist as much as they will believe in it and as much as everybody will contribute to its collective being.
- NSK State website
- NSK Times blog
- First NSK Citizens Congress Berlin - EU supported project
- Good Times in Berlin article on the congress by Ian Parker, 2010 (the English version below)