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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.

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 Kolektiv…

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

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…

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.

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]