The exhibition NSK State in Time (Slovenian art collective Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK)), curated and presented by Tevž Logar, in the Focus section, supported by the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory; P74 Centre and Gallery presenting Polonca Lovšin and Uroš Potočnik; Photon Gallery presenting Peter Koštrun and Vanja Bučan; Ravnikar Gallery Space presenting Nina Čelhar, Simon Kocjančič and Maja Babič Košir; and Galerija Fotografija presenting Andrej Lamut, Boris Gaberščik and Tilyen Mucik, supported by the Slovenian Culture and Information Centre, Vienna (SKICA),
at the Viennacontemporary International Art Fair
France Grenoble Cinéma Juliet Berto,Galerie Showcase,School of Art Grenoble
NSK Rendez-Vous Grenoble, featuring an opening lecture by Borut Savski, the exhibition NSK State and Time (Slovenian art collective Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK)) by Irwin, screenings of Liberation Day, a documentary about Laibach's 2015 North Korea concerts, co-produced by Staragara, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Paris,
Spain Madrid Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
NSK: From Kapital to Capital, an exhibition of the Slovenian art collective Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK), Irwin, organised in cooperation with Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana plus Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova
Russia Moscow Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
NSK: From Kapital to Capital, an exhibition of the Slovenian art collective Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK), organised in cooperation with Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana plus Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova,
United Kingdom Nottingham Nottingham Contemporary
Curator’s Talk: Lina Džuverović on Irwin – Time for a New State / NSK – Folk Art exhibition (cf. NSK State)
20 year anniversary of NSK Moscow Embassy - Viktor Misiano in conversation, related to IRWIN – Time for a New State / NSK – Folk Art exhibition
Predictions of Fire directed by Michael Benson (1996) - Gallery Talk and Screening, a discussion with Chris Bohn, Editor, The Wire Magazine, related to IRWIN – Time for a New State / NSK – Folk Art exhibition
Germany Karlsruhe ZKM
Germany Berlin Haus der Kulturen der Welt
First NSK Citizens’ Congress
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.
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. So far over 15,000 passports have been issued.
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.