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After the Congress

On Saturday evening there was a tense, dramatic, fascinating and finally celebratory closing ceremony at which the delegates' conclusions were announced. These are the main points. There is a supporting document and third opposing document was also read. Following the debate delegates and facilitators were presented with a commemorative object and were congratulated by members of Laibach, IRWIN, Novi Kolektivizem and Noordung.

Active discussions continue amongst the delegates and individual responses will appear on timesnskstate.com. There were some really interesting ideas and discussions and as one delegate said for such a varied group of people to produce a defined result in three days was impressive. Many of the delegates were extremely conscientious, motivated and perceptive and it was a pleasure to meet them. I am still assessing the results and will comment in more detail shortly, for now here is the final statement agreed to by a majority of delegates:

FINDINGS
The NSK State…

Berlin Opening Address

Congress delegates, Photo c. A. Monroe
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 18.10.2010, Photo c. A. Monroe Full text of my speech at the exhibition opening last night...Firstly, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to Herr Scherer and the team at Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt for agreeing to host this unique and complex event. This has been a very intensive process and the venue have made a sincere effort to help us realise our vision. I am also very grateful to my colleague Haris Hararis for his tireless and visionary work. I must also mention the entire team at the buro fur kulturelle angelegenheiten, without whom none of this would have been possible. There are many others who have played some role in realising the project and I am grateful to all of them.The NSK Folk Art display that you see presented here represents a crystallisation of a process we have been aware of for some years now. The Citizens and followers of NSK have begun to create their own spontaneous and organic folk cultur…

Interrogating Tech-Nostalgia

Over the summer I had a long and interesting discussion with Thomas Bey William Bailey about Tech-Nostalgia, covering issues such as the fetishisation of analogue technology, the romance of Cold War Poetics and the current fashionability of EBM and other 1980s electronic and industrial variants. These exchanges can now be read on Vague Terrain.

Approaching the Congress

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, September 2010.
Photo c. A. Monroe

The Congress is approaching rapidly and final preparations are being made. The website has been updated and now features full information on the public programme.