Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Turbovolk!















Laibach live in London 25.11.06

Following the Laibach Kunst performance at RoTr in Birmingham this September, the full new Laibach line up played in London on 25th November. This was the only second date of Laibach's Volk tour following the opening concert in Ghent the previous night. The general view of the shows so far seems to be that the album works much better live, and the enhanced versions seem able to impress even Volk-sceptics. Certainly, Slovanija and particularly Nippon generate new interest in the live setting. Although some people become restless, the lengthy Nippon is very atmospheric. This is also due to the subtle and intricate background video. There are videos for each song, and they vary in style widely, some using more archive footage, some being entirely digital. Other impressive videos include Germania, Turkije and NSK (seen in the first photo here). Italia uses "found footage" to make a very black joke - watch the text on the screen carefully. In each case, the relevant national flag and the Volk logo interact. This means that once you've seen the live version, the album may seem like a soundtrack to the "real" (live) Volk.

After a short break the Volk set is followed by turbo-charged electronic versions of the most aggressive WAT songs plus Alle gegen Alle. There's a marked contrast between the two halves of the show, the first is more visual, static, and conceptual, while the second is much more assertive and ultimately populist. Whereas WAT shows concluded with the Zeta Reticula mix of Tanz mit Laibach, the new shows close with film-style credits playing on the screens, plus a rave-ish megamix of Laibach favourites that builds on iTurk's WAT remix on Anthems.

Volk shows will continue to evolve but they are already contain much new content and detail that will continue to develop. Whatever your attitude to Volk, its live incarnation is definitely worth seeing as much as hearing. Remaing tour dates here.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

States of Performance: State as Material in the work of NSK

I will be giving a lecture NSK's use of the state as a material at Loughborough University on December 6th. All are welcome, you do not need to register. The lecture will include some new material and include videos and images. Full details can be found here.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

RoTr Postscript 1

Photo © Alexei Monroe.

RoTr in Birmingham passed off well, despite a few local glitches. Personal thanks to everyone who attended and to Alex, Andy, Soren, Till and everyone else who gave invaluable help over the weekend. More photos will be appearing here, on the Unofficial Laibach site , ICRN and elsewhere soon. DVD footage is also being currently being edited.

Fad Gadget Retrospective

Last week saw the London launches of the new Fad Gadget 2CD/2DVD box set issued by Mute. Watching the documentary and seeing the range of people present, FG's influence on electronic pop(ular) music was more obvious than ever. The rich selection of live performances from the early to mid eighties finally give a chance to see why these shows were so influential and talked about. The CD tracks are a fairly obvious selection of career highlights, but the demo tracks are worth listening to for an understanding of Tovey's earliest efforts. If well selected, what might be interesting now would be a remix album or some vinyl issues with contemporary artists taking on FG tracks. In any case, this collection is a useful document cementing FG's place in the history of electronic music (and of course of Mute).

Friday, July 14, 2006

Return of the Repressive (RoTr), Birmingham 1st-3rd September.

Return of the Repressive (RoTr).
The Custard Factory Birmingham,September 1st – 3rd.

This is a weekend of industrialised culture presented by I.C.R.N. (Industrialised Culture Research Network) in collaboration with Capsule, Cold Spring and the Custard Factory. Over the first weekend of September, the Custard Factory will host a unique event exploring the past, present and future of industrial music and culture. Often ignored, industrial is a style that won’t go away, and keeps re-surfacing in new contexts. Return of the Repressive will trace the industrial undercurrents that lurk under the facade of our allegedly post-industrial society.

The centrepiece will be the opening of the LAIBACH KUNST inhibition “Instrumentality of the State Machine”. This large-scale sound and visual installation recreates the industrial ambience of Trbovlje, the Slovene industrial city which gave birth to Laibach 26 years ago. The inhibition will open on September 1st, and members of Laibach plus guests will perform a special "Concerto for magnetophone, gramophone, radiophone and megaphone" at 8pm.

The Laibach opening will be followed by an evening of DJ’s and live acts, featuring dark drum and bass act PCM, percussion group Shit and Shine, dark industrial legends Schloss Tegal, and a specially commissioned audiovisual set by Birmingham techno pioneer Surgeon.

On Saturday 2nd there will be screenings of rare industrial video material plus a Mutefilm screening, including Laibach videos and the British premiere of Saso Podgorsek’s Laibach U.S. tour documentary Divided States of America.

On Sunday 3rd, industrial will be explored in an ICRN seminar featuring guest speakers and a special presentation of Interrogation Machine.

Tickets are available from www.coldspring.co.uk

Tickets for 1st Sept. £10 Adv. (Advance Tickets only for the LAIBACH KUNST concerto). Limited tickets will be available at the door for the rest of the evening) .

Tickets for the 2nd & 3rd of September are £5, available on the door.

RoTr is generously supported by Cold Spring records.


LAIBACH:
http://www.laibach.nsk.si/
http://www.nskstate.com/
http://www.gla.ac.uk/~dc4w/laibach/laibach.html

SURGEON:http://www.dj-surgeon.com/
MUTE RECORDS:http://www.mute.com/index.jsp

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

More Interrogation Machine

Book of the Week, Readysteadybook.com

"... the best and most thought-provoking art book of the year so far."

Eye Weekly

"... exhilarating and properly punitive" Chris Thompson in Radical Philosophy. See also The Phoenix:

http://www.thephoenix.com/article_ektid13128.aspx


Plus a feature on the Italian electronic culture site Neural

Monday, July 03, 2006

I.C.R.N. News

New material is now available on the I.C.R.N. blog - alive review of the Die Krupps 25th Annivesary Tour and Heinrich Deisl's German language paper on the politics of the British industrial scene.

http://icrn.blogspot.com

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Reflections of Memory


Go to http://www.gla.ac.uk/~dc4w/zivkovic/reflection.html

To see an online version of Slovene photographer Antonio Zivkovic's catalogue based on photographs of Trbovlje (birthplace of Laibach).

Also online at the unofficial Laibach site are a selection of his historic Laibach concert photos:

http://www.gla.ac.uk/~dc4w/laibach/antoniophotos8792part1.html

Both give valuable insights into Laibach's history and context.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

20th Anniversary of Krst pod Triglavom

On February 6th 1986 the NSK production Krst pod Triglavom (Baptism under Triglav) premiered at Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana. The production was the ultimate expression of NSK as Gesamtkunstwerk and signalled the partial embrace of NSK (if not yet Laibach) by the Slovene cultural establishment.

As it was only ever performed in Ljubljana and in Belgrade (at the BITEF festival that autumn) it is one of the most obscure and legendary NSK works, known of by many but seen by only a lucky few. Those who were not there at the time have to reconstruct it from photos in the Neue Slowenische Kunst monograph (1992) and from Laibach's lavishly illustrated soundtrack album. With a range of obscure references to Slovene cultural and historical material plus a ritualistic atmosphere, Krst remains mysterious, even with a knowledge of its contradictory sources (from Slovene paganism to the international avant-garde).

Tomorrow there will be a rare chance to watch a 15 min video excerpt of the production. This will be the first of a series of online broadcasts featuring highlights of Slovene performance arts:

Good luck, scene! Low-Tech Live Internet TeleVision

6 FEB / 20:00 GMT+1 / Baptism Under Triglav (1986) / Neue Slowenische Kunst /Dragan Zivadinov / The Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre / performance # 20 Years After! (premiered on 6 Feb 1986 in Cankarjev dom Ljubljana)

GOOD LUCK, SCENE! is a 2006 joint low-tech-internet-television project presented by TV Intima and Maska, at the occasion of 10 years of internet intimacy and 100 issues of Maska magazine, in the frame of a year-long event Maska 001.15-minutes condensed excerpts from the key performative contemporary arts events in Slovenia, marking our near past and consequently our present, are going to be broadcasted every 6th day of the month at 8 PM GMT+1.TV Intima 2006 program is selected by Emil Hrvatin, Maska, Bojana Kunst, philosopher and Igor Stromajer, Intima Virtual Base. TV Intima & Maska 001, http://www.intima.org/tv

Monday, January 23, 2006

Andere Sinema 176

The new issue of the Belgian journal Andere Sinema is now available. It publishes material from the 2005 Jan Vay Eyck seminar "Spectres of the Avant-Garde" including the new text Full Spectrum Provocation The Retrogarde Strategies of Neue Slowenische Kunst which discusses Laibach's notorious 1997 Slovene Philharmonic concert.

Further details here:

http://www.muhka.be/denkt_as.php?la=nl&jaargang=2006

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Amsterdam Event Fully Booked

The Over-Identification symposium and book launch/screening at the Stedelijk Amsterdam this Thursday 19th is now fully booked.

Evolution of Senso-Brutalism

This paper dealing with senso-brutalist aesthetics in industrial, minimal techno and gabba is now online in the English section of the Vienna music magazine SKUG's website. It was originally presented at a panel organised given by the Industrialised Culture Research Network (see previous posts and www.icrn.blogspot.com) at a conference on 20th Century Music. See www.skug.at

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Over-Identification, Interrogation, Division.

On January 19th the symposium Cultural activism today: Strategies of over-identification will take place at the Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam. Besides a series of expert presentations on over-identification, the event will include a talk by Alexei Monroe on NSK’s use of traditional symbolism, a presentation of the book Interrogation Machine and a pre-release screening of the Laibach American tour documentary Divided States of America.

Programme
12:30 Registration
13:00 Welcoming note: Jelle Bouwhuis (Stedelijk Museum)
13:10 Introduction: BAVO 13:40 Lecture Alexei Monroe
14:10 Lecture Dieter Lesage
14:40 Film screening Pulverous (2003) by Aernout Mik
15:10 Break
15:40 Presentation Jens Haaning
16:10 Lecture Boris Groys 16:40 Presentation by Atelier van Lieshout
17:10 Closing discussion, presentation of AS#176 The spectre of the avant-garde, presentation of Alexei Monroe’s Interrogation machine
18:00 Reception and pre-release screening of the film Divided States of America (2005) by Sašo Podgoršek & Laibach

Full details:

www.janvaneyck.nl/~culturalactivism

Thursday 19 January from 13.00 til 18.00 hours at Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam.
Admission free. Advance booking is recommended.For bookings go to the registration form or contact: Winnie.koekelbergh@janvaneyck.nlT: +31 (0) 34 350 37 43
Organised by the Jan van Eyck Academie & Stedelijk Museum