Tuesday, November 29, 2005

I.C.R.N. - Industrialised Culture Research Network

A network is being formed for those engaged in serious research on industrialised culture, primarily industrial music and culture, but also related forms and issues. More details here:

http://icrn.blogspot.com

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Divided States of America/Interrogation Machine Presentation in Ljubljana

On Friday 19th November Sašo Podgoršek’s Divided States of America tour documentary will premiere at the Ljubljana International Film Festival:

http://www.ljubljanafilmfestival.org/index.php?menu_item=lifMovieDetail&event=572

Showings are at 16.45 and 21.30. At 18.00 a joint press conference will be held at Cankarjev dom to promote Divided States of America and Interrogation Machine.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Interrogation Machine Published!

Interrogation Machine has now been published in North America and is also available online as an import for those elsewhere. It will be available in Europe and elsewhere from around November 19th. For further information contact me:

sodbaveka [at] yahoo - co - uk

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Sonocentric Electronic Music Reviews

Slovak techno, Dutch electro, EBM, experimental and more...

http://sonocentric.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Interrogation Machine Update and Features

The book will be available from end September in North America and in Europe during November. Check here for further updates.

Latest features:

Morgenbladet, Norway:

http://www.morgenbladet.no/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050819/OKULTUR/108190036&template=printart

Novopress, Romania:

http://ro.novopress.info/?p=354

Monday, July 25, 2005

Interrrogation Machine - Latest News

The book is now expected to be available at the end of September.

There is a review in the current print issue of Prague Literary Review.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Czech Business Weekly Review

Tanz mit Laibach

Interrogation Machine:
Laibach and NSK

By Alexei Monroe

MIT Press, 400 pages

Central Europe’s most notorious musical agents provocateurs are the subject of an intriguing new study by cultural theorist Alexei Monroe. Founded in the early ’80s, industrial mavericks Laibach have been controversial from the get-go for adopting the German name of their hometown, Ljubljana, not to mention their appropriation of Nazi and totalitarian aesthetics in their albums, concerts and statements. At home in Slovenia, veterans of the World War II partisan movement succeeded in banning public use of the name “Laibach” from 1983 to 1987; the band continued to perform and release music anonymously at home while touring under the name abroad.

Laibach is but one branch of the Gesamtkunstwerk known as Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK), a complex network consisting of the art group Irwin, the Department of Applied and Pure Philosophy, the theater group Noordung, and the design collaborative Novi Kolektivizem. While Interrogation Machine examines the activities of all segments of NSK, Monroe focuses mainly on the increasingly popular Laibach, which is credited with introducing Slovenia to the rest of the world.

NSK works often refer simultaneously to the two most intense poles of Slovene identity: Germanic self-assimilation and “Slovenist” self-assertion. Indeed, the two have been intertwined throughout history, most unfortunately in the 20th century. Parts of Slovenia were the only Slav-inhabited areas to be incorporated into the Third Reich proper, and the Slovenes the only people the Nazis systematically attempted to assimilate rather than subordinate or liquidate.

No wonder, then, that the emergence of a Germanized youth counterculture in the ’80s proved so disturbing to Slovene nationalists. Laibach presented itself as a collection of über-nationalist nationalists; in the words of Slovene philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek, the band “over-embodied” the archetypes of romantic national aesthetics, telling critics that to reject them was to reject the entire Slovene nation. The most subversive aspect of Laibach was, of course, that no one was quite sure whether they were parodists or actual fascists. (Their use of anti-Nazi artist John Heartfield’s images on album covers offers a clue.) Blurring the line between the two extremes, they effectively introduced postmodernism into Slovenian discourse by forcing people to confront troubling aspects of national identity.

Interrogation Machines is simultaneously a history of the Slovene nation that produced Laibach. To fully comprehend the subtle dynamics elicited by NSK’s highly duplicitous stance, one must understand Slovenia’s stance in relation to the former kingdom and republic of Yugoslavia as well as to the rest of Europe. Monroe makes a valiant effort in this most definitive work on NSK to date. Interrogation Machines is a book for fans and academics alike. And while the book won’t be published in Europe until September, die-hard Laibach and NSK fanatics can import copies from the United States starting next week.

Travis Jeppesen

Monday, July 11, 2005

Pluralni monolit 2


In Spring 2006 Maska will publish a updated and expanded second edition of Pluralni monolit. PM2 will feature a revised design as well as some exclusive new material. More details will follow nearer the time.

Interrogation Machine Reviews


The first review was published by Simon Reynolds on his blog and can be found here (18/6/2005): http://blissout.blogspot.com/

The second review was published by the Czech Business Weekly on 27/6/2005: http://cbw.cz/phprs/view.php?cisloclanku=2005062733

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Updated list of Publications

1) Laibach and NSK: “Industrial Diagnoses of Post-Socialism”, M’ARS Ljubljana VIII/3-4, 1996.
2) “Činiti nepopularno vidljivim: nominalizacija v popularnoj muzici” (Making Visible the Unpopular: Nominalization in Popular Music) in Dimitrejević, B. (Ed.), “Pop Vision”, Vršac/Belgrade 1996.
3) “Art & Strategy: Laibach versus Turbo”, New Moment No. 9/10, 1998.
4) “Thinking About Mutation: Genres in 1990s Electronica” in Blake, A. (Ed.) “Living Through Pop”, Routledge 1999.
5) “Balkan Hardcore: Paramilitarism and Pop Culture”, Central Europe Review (http://www.ce-review.org), June 2000.
6) “20 Years of Laibach, 20 Years of?…”, Central Europe Review, September 2000.
7) “Deleuzoguattarian Praxis and Electronic Music”, British Postgraduate Musicology (www.bpmonline.org.uk) Vol. 4, 2001.
8) “Critical Frequency”, (review of “This is Serbia Calling”, by Mathew Collin) Central Europe Review, May 2001.
9) “Office Politics”, (interview with Slovene NGO) Central Europe Review, June 2001.
10) “The Fright of Real Theory”, (review of “The Fright of Real Tears” by Slavoj Žižek). Kinoeye, October 2001.
11) “Did Somebody Mention Lacan?” (review of “Did Somebody Mention Totalitarianism?” by Slavoj Žižek). Central Europe Review, November 2001.
12) “New Italian Futurism?” (live review/feature). Junkmedia, May 2002.
12) “Bread and [Rock] Circuses: Site of Sonic Conflict in London.” in Gilbert, P. (Ed.), “Imagined Londons”, SUNY Press 2002.
13) “Neu Konservatiw: Return of a Myth”. Sleevenotes for Laibach CD “Neu Konservatiw,” Cold Spring Records 2002.
14) “Zoned Out”. Review of “Primary Documents”, collection on East/Central European Art, Central Europe Review. 5 February 2003.
15) “Pluralni monolit: Laibach in NSK.” (The Plural Monolith: Laibach and NSK). Maska. Ljubljana, 2003.
16) “Unsere Geschichte.” Sleevenotes for Laibach CD “Anthems,” Mute Records 2004.
17) “The Interrogation Machine: NSK, Source Codes and Temporal Hacking.” in Liebl, F. (Ed.), Cultural Hacking. Springer Verlag. 2004
18) “How the West was Won – NSK and the Conquest of Cultural Space.” Borec, Autumn 2004.
19) “NSK State Dublin. Overload of the Improbability Drive.” Maska, Summer 2004.
20) “How the West Was Won - NSK and The Conquest of Cultural Space.” in Kelly, N. (Ed.), Art & Politics - The Imagination of Opposition in Europe. R4 Publishing, 2004.
21) "Odsev spomina/Reflection of Memory", Antonio Živkovic catalogue text, Ljubljana: Zalozba cf. 2004.
22) “Interrogation Machine”. MIT Press. September 2005.
(Forthcoming) “Dwarf States and Post States - NSK in the Micronational Context” in Micronations Vol. 2, TBA.
23)


Selected articles For Muska magazine, Ljubljana

“What The Machines Have To Say”, March 1998.
“Manifesto For Techno”, June 1998.
“Mille Plateaux: Modulation & Transformation”, January 1999.
“Sounds Of The Times”, November 1999.

Activation

Welcome to Plural Machine, a centre for bulletins and background on contemporary cultural topics. Information on the forthcoming book Interrogation Machine and other activities will be found here, alongside a profile, texts, and details of lectures and publications.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Interrogation Machine 2005


Alexei Monroe's book "Interrogation Machine - Laibach and NSK", with particular focus on the performances and productions of Laibach, will be published by MIT Press on July 31st 2005. Published in MIT's "Short Circuits" series, the book is an updated English language version of the best-selling Slovene book "Pluralni monolit - Laibach in NSK" (Maska in 2003), supplemented with additional material, colour illustrations and a foreword by series editor Slavoj Zizek.More details and pre-order [here]