Laibach event at Manchester University

Time for a New State? – NSK seminar and Folk art exhibition

Manchester Metropolitan University, Department of History, Politics and Philosophy (Politics section) present a seminar on the aesthetic and political issues around NSK, accompanied by an exhibition of Folk Art.

14th November 2012
15:00 ”“ 17:00 Geoffrey Manton Building, Oxford Road,M15 6LL
Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/oGxi9
Seminar in Lecture Theatre 5 – Folk Art Exhibition in Geoffrey Manton atrium

Neue Slowenische Kunst (a German phrase meaning “New Slovenian Art”), a.k.a. NSK, is a political art collective, which came into being in Yugoslavia in 1983. This seminar will consider the NSK State in Time, focusing especially on political and artistic issues. https://times.nskstate.com/about-nsk/

Speakers:

Alexei Monroe ”“ author of Interrogation Machine: Laibach and NSK Paper Title: “NSK Folk Art; Art, the State and Improbability”.

Stevphen Shukaitis (University of Essex) ”“ author of Imaginal Machines Paper Title: “Temporary Hegemonic Zones”.

Ian Parker (MMU) ”“ author of Slavoj Zizek, a Critical Introduction Paper Title: “I see a red door and I want it painted black.”

Michael Goddard (University of Salford) editor of Mark E Smith and the Fall: Art, Music and Politics

Paper Title: “You will see darkness: Laibach TV and Audiovisuals from the Bravo TV Interview to Iron Sky”.

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Please arrive between 2pm and 3pm to view art and receive passport authentication or temporary papers.

This event is free, open to all and does not require pre-registration. For further information email Mike Tyldesley: M.Tyldesley@mmu.ac.uk

The seminar will be followed by an evening club night “Vade Retro” with free entry for holders of authenticated papers.

Speaker Abstracts and Biographies:
Alexei Monroe ”“ author of Interrogation Machine: Laibach and NSK

Paper Title: “NSK Folk Art; Art, the State and Improbability”.

Folk art by David K. Thompson

NSK Folk Art is a retroactive codification of an unauthorised and improbable strain of retrogarde artistic production inspired by the work of the Slovene artistic collective NSK and by its self-declared “Global State in Time.” Produced spontaneously since at least the start of the millenium, NSK Folk Art works express a wide range of artistic backgrounds and agendas. Professional artists are in a minority within this tendency and it bypasses and questions the standard hierarchies and norms of the professional art system. It also takes NSK’s artistic and conceptual techniques into new territories, perhaps allowing new scope for cultural and political critique and a re-vivification of the subversively playful and utopian aspects of NSK.

https://www.facebook.com/1stNskFolkArtBiennale2013?ref=ts

Alexei Monroe is an independent cultural theorist currently based in London. He holds a PhD in Communication and Image Studies from the University of Kent. He is author of the books Pluralni monolit (Plural Monolith, MASKA 2003) and Interrogation Machine (MIT Press

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2005). These books deal with the Slovene arts movement Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK). Interrogation Machine was reviewed in publications including Frieze, Radical Philosophy and The Wire. Besides his work on NSK, he writes widely on the aesthetics and politics of electronic music, as well as wider aspects of cultural theory, including an ongoing project on the cultural history of the Stag as a symbol. In October 2007 he co-presented the research exhibition Jelenometry in Ljubljana, which explored Stag symbolism. In September 2010 he co-organised and moderated an international three-day symposium on the work of Laibach and NSK as part of Laibach’s 30th anniversary event, Red Districts, Black Cross. Programme director of the First NSK Citizens’ Congress held in Berlin’s House of World Cultures in October 2010 and edited the Congress documentation State of Emergence (Ploettner Verlag/Poison Cabinet Press 2011). In 2013 a revised French edition of his book on Laibach/NSK will be published by Le Cambion Blanc and a German version is in preparation. Currently working as an editorial consultant for P.C. Press.

His work has been published in Contemporary Music Review, Central Europe Review, Kinoeye, Maska, The Wire, New Moment, AS and other publications in Britain, Serbia, Slovenia, Brazil, Belgium and America. Contributor to Trebuchet Magazine. Founder member of the Industrialised Culture Research Network and is also active as a DJ.

For further information see:

https://pluralmachine.blogspot.com https://icrn.blogspot.com/

Stevphen Shukaitis (University of Essex) ”“ author of Imaginal Machines Paper Title: “Temporary Hegemonic Zones”.

In the book Essays Critical and Clinical, Gilles Deleuze outlines an understanding of aesthetics, primarily through literature, where the role of artistic production merges with that of diagnosis. This is a point where the task of literary criticism hybridises with that of critique, leaving both of them renewed, even if a bit unsettled by the process. While it is almost impossible to encapsulate what the Slovenian art movement Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) has undertaken, in all its manifestations, since forming in 1983, we could perhaps describe it best as an aesthetic apparatus for collective diagnosis. Its work ”“

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spanning music, theatre, philosophy, and statecraft ”“ has served to diagnose multiple forms of repressed and sublimated desires lingering in the collective imagination: from the continuing but unacknowledged appeal of totalitarianism operating within the Yugoslav state, to the fascist dynamics found within the dynamics of pop culture. NSK has operated an aesthetic diagnosis through a process of what Zizek, borrowing from Lacan, describes as ‘overidentification’. That is, to take a system of ideology more seriously than it takes itself, and through doing so to unearth the hidden, obscene elements and social interaction which provide an unspoken function of social cohesion.

Ian Parker (MMU) ”“ author of Slavoj Zizek, a Critical Introduction Paper Title: “I see a red door and I want it painted black.”

I will discuss the political interventions made by NSK, and focus on the way their project to embed resistance in the heart of power signifies in different cultural contexts. There is a question here of the actual interventions (at a time when Yugoslavia occupied an ambiguous and contested place in the imagination of the left), and then the question of the retroactive effects of those interventions (at a time when neoliberal capitalism is rampant and every socialist alternative is mocked by the right).

Ian Parker, NSK State in Time diplomatic passport holder, was co-founder and is co-director (with Erica Burman) of the Discourse Unit (www.discourseunit.com). He is a member of the Asylum: Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry collective, and a practising psychoanalyst in Manchester. His books include Slavoj Žižek: A Critical Introduction (Pluto 2004), Revolution in Psychology: Alienation to Emancipation (Pluto, 2007), and Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Revolutions in Subjectivity (Routledge, 2011).

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Michael Goddard (University of Salford) editor of Mark E Smith and the Fall: Art, Music and Politics

Paper Title: “You will see darkness: Laibach TV and Audiovisuals from the Bravo TV Interview to Iron Sky”.

This paper will track audiovisual strategies in Laibach ranging from the notorious ‘Bravo’ TV interview, through their participation in and/or production of a number of documentaries and videos, to the use of video and lighting in their contemporary live performances, to finally the audiovisual mediation of Laibach via Iron Sky. The argument will be be that they can best be grasped as a form of audio-vision rather than in purely either musical or art terms, as the mise-en-scene of a gesamtkunstwerk of rhythmic power, hyper-identification and somatic intensity.

Michael Goddard is a lecturer in media studies at the University of Salford. His current research centres on Polish and European cinema and audiovisual culture and he is reviews editor of Studies in Eastern European Cinema (SEEC). He has just completed a book on the cinema of the Chilean-born filmmaker Raúl Ruiz. He has also been doing research on the fringes of popular music focusing on groups such as The Fall, Throbbing Gristle and Laibach. Another strand of his research concerns Italian post-autonomist political thought and media theory, particularly the work of Franco Berardi (Bifo). He is now conducting a research project, Radical Ephemera, examining radical media ecologies in film, TV, radio and radical politics in the 1970s.

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Evening event:

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Vade Retro: Time for a New State
A night of Non-Aligned Post-Industrial Euro-Futurist Retro-Classical Electronixx as part of the

Time for a New State? event dedicated to Laibach and NSK.

Industrial visuals, Laibach and NSK merchandise, Folk art and more…

Featuring DJ sets from:
Codex Europa (Klub V.E.B., Antagony, Level X, Ill FM)

Front 242, Cabaret Voltaire, Pan Sonic, S.K.E.T., Die Form, Clock DVA, Esplendor Geometrico, Regis DJ Midnight (Club Lash/Black Planet/Midlife Crisis)
Pankow, RevCo, Laibach and more…
8pm ”“ 2am Retro Bar, Sackville Street Manchester.

£4/£3 with flyer/NUS/unwaged
Cheap drinks all night ”“ house double and mixer £2.60

Free entry for attendees of the “Time for a New State?” at MMU:

https://www.facebook.com/events/440314132686737/

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