first edition of my book on Laibach and NSK was launched exactly 10
years ago to the day at Vila Bled, Slovenia, in a hall used by Tito
for diplomatic receptions.
This is an
edited version of my presentation at the launch events in Bled and
all began twenty-three years ago in Trbovlje when posters briefly
appeared with a black cross and the word “Laibach”. No-one then
could have imagined we would be here today, presenting this,
but in the end time always catches up with itself. What would the
former resident of this place have made of this gathering and his
place on the cover of the book? Perhaps the situation seems even
stranger because this book is not by a Slovene author. What right
does a foreign author have to come here and present your history? The
same right that Laibach and NSK had to respond to the cultures and
symbols that intruded on their space. These artists took for
themselves a right to reply to the elements of their reality they
found themselves con…
For the past few years I've been working intensively with Test Dept and Peter Webb on a comprehensive archival book documenting their work and its impact. I've contributed an introductory text and two shorter texts on the group's work. Full details of the book and where to buy it will be available soon. Total State Machine will be published by PC-Press on April 23rd and this will be marked by a special event at The Ritzy in Brixton.
A premiere screening of DS30, documenting Test Dept's monumental 2014 installation and video project on the River Tyne will be accompanied by a selection of Test Dept archive
material on film and video. This will be followed by a Q
& A with founding members Graham Cunnington, Angus Farquhar and Paul
Jamrozy. Special DJ sets will be provided by Scanner and Shelley Parker.
This summer will see the publication of Total State Machine a book on the history of Test Dept, which I've co-edited with the group and Peter Webb. I've also written the introduction to the book, which contains a wealth of archival photos and documents plus tour diaries, new texts and exclusive interviews. More information on the P.C. Press website.