The Art Projects Network, Dublin, Ireland and Controversial Art Collective,
NSK (Neue Slowenische Kunst) will open a series of events in Dublin to
coincide with the celebrations taking place to make the enlargement of the
Europe Union. The NSK appropriation of political commentary and their creation of a
"micro-model" of a state structure is particularly suitable to this moment
in time of the bringing together of nations within the European Union.
Their specific emphasis on statehood gives their work an enduring message
and metaphor for Europe. NSK serves a useful purpose within the changed
geo-political environment, and provides an out of the ordinary cultural
experience for Dublin at this time. NSK offers both a critical and
celebratory experience that can promote the depth of the newly enlarged
Pan-European cultural experience, describing both the differences and
commonalities that lie between the East and the West.
In 1984 Laibach established (together with Irwin group of painters and the
Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre group) the NSK (Neue Slowenische Kunst).
Underground Slovene musicians, painters, actors and designers working
collectively under the organisation with a German name producing provocative
and influential work as they began addressing the nationalist aspirations
surfacing in Yugoslavia.
June 25th 1991 Slovenia declared itself independent that led to a 10-day war
with the Yugoslavian military. The war moved on more destructively through
the rest of former Yugoslavia. In 1992 the NSK redefined itself from an
organisation to a state, a state within time and not within boundaries. This
new state was declared in 1994 and passports issued for this new and first
non-geographic state in time.
Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) continues to be a controversial political arts
collective. Using ideologies and methods previously employed by 20th
century totalitarian states, NSK has developed a unique approach to multiple
art disciplines. Operating as a collective, NSK appropriates and re-styles
collectivism, state organization of ideology and orchestrated political
myth/ritual to expose and critique these mechanisms. The various groups of
the NSK take part both individually and collectively in actions around the
With the multi-disciplinary cultural events, outlined in the programme of
The Art Projects Network - including the Noordung Theatre Company (presented
by Mladinsko Theatre), Irwin, Laibach, New Collective, Department of Pure
and Applied Philosophy, and the NSK film screening - there is an excellent
opportunity for Ireland to explore the many manifestation of this important
historical Slovenian experience that has contributed so much to
international contemporary culture.