Wednesday, November 09, 2011


I'll be introducing a screening of Johnny Yes No at The Horse Hospital this Friday night from 7.30, details here. The event is to mark the release of a Mute DVD/CD box set containing both the original and new versions of the film and soundtrack plus extensive sleeve notes.

There's a timeless quality to CV material and I still find the scratchy, grimy bleakness of the early works strangely uplifting, even if so much has changed over three decades. After all, back then Britain was in the midst of a recession and was governed by an authoritarian clique of free market fundamentalists...

Saturday, October 29, 2011

State of Emergence London Launch

Thanks to all who attended the event, to the Horse Hospital and to my co-presenters Avi Pitchon and Alexander Nym. There were many new faces, some completely new to NSK and some very interesting discussions. We also premiered the latest edition of NSK State News. All photos courtesy of Vera Bremerton.

Reading from State Of Emergence

The audience
Discussions at the information point.
Alexander Nym 
Avi Pitchon, Alexei Monroe, Alexander Nym, Ursula
Avi Pitchon

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

State of Emergence Publication and Promotion

Ploettner Verlag and Poison Cabinet Press will shortly release the book “State of Emergence” which explores what did happen, what could have happened and what may happen following the Congress. The book comprises 250 pages and includes images from the Congress as well as the accompanying NSK Folk Art and Congress Poster Competition exhibition, as well as documentation of the first post-Congress citizen-organised events.

Also included are a range of eye-witness accounts from delegates, facilitators, observers and others, giving multiple perspectives on the events. In addition, there are essays on the Congress and the NSK State from a range of theorists including Eda Cufer (NSK founding member & international curator), Regina Roemhild (Institute for European Anthropology, Humboldt University Berlin), Yannis Stavrakakis and Kostis Stafylakis.
 As is the case with many of NSK’s works, the true meanings and significances of the Congress may not be clear for some time, but “State of Emergence” will analyse and contribute to the interpretation and decoding of an event whose implications touch on the key artistic, political and social dilemmas of our time.

State of Emergence intensively documents and analyses the unique NSK State in Time project, opening up radical new perspectives on the collectivity of NSK and on many of the key artistic and cultural questions of our time. This is an important collection of thought-provoking texts and artwork that is invaluable for navigating this evolving territory.”

Catherine Wood, Tate Modern Curator of Contemporary Art and Performance.

Confirmed Dates:

25.10 - London @ The Horse Hospital, 19.30
 Alexei Monroe, Avi Pitchon, Alexander Nym
28.10. - Leipzig @ Galerie KUB, 20.00
 Avi Pitchon, Alexander Nym
29. & 30.10. - Nuremberg @ Galerie Armer Teufel Avi Pitchon, Alexander Nym
31.10. - Munich @ Galerie traversée, 19.00 
Avi Pitchon, Alexander Nym
3.11. - Ljubljana @ Galerija ŠKUC, 19.00
 Alexei Monroe, Haris Hararis (Followed at 20.00 by the opening of the NSK Folk Art exhibition)
4.11. - Berlin @ Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, 21.30 Alexei Monroe, Avi Pitchon (DJs: Codex Europa, Avi Pitchon)

Ordering information and a downloadable preview of the book can be found at Ploettner’s website. There is a 10% discount for NSK Citizens on production of a valid passport number.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Termoelektrarna Trbovlje 26.09.2010

A year ago the Red Districs, Black Cross event ended memorably in Trbovlje. One of the highlights was the visit to Termoelektrarna Trbovlje, iconic site of the tallest chimney in Europe. Here are a few souvenir shots taken on my mobile phone when the camera battery died...

Monday, September 12, 2011

Laibach Gesamtkunstwerk: Dokument 81-86 Box Set

This deluxe box of rare archive audio and video is available now from Vinyl on Demand. Besides the five LPs, DVD and deluxe artwork there is an extensive booklet which I edited. Besides my own text there are exclusive texts from Donald Campbell, Igor Vidmar, Michael Goddard and Aleš Leko Gulič.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Publications list 2011

  • Laibach and NSK: “Industrial Diagnoses of Post-Socialism”, M’ARS Ljubljana VIII/3-4, 1996.
  • Činiti nepopularno vidljivim: nominalizacija v popularnoj muzici” (Making Visible the Unpopular: Nominalization in Popular Music) in Dimitrejević, B. (Ed.), “Pop Vision”, Vršac/Belgrade 1996.
  • Art & Strategy: Laibach versus Turbo”, New Moment No. 9/10, 1998.
  • Thinking About Mutation: Genres in 1990s Electronica” in Blake, A. (Ed.) “Living Through Pop”, Routledge 1999.
  • Balkan Hardcore: Paramilitarism and Pop Culture”, Central Europe Review (, June 2000.
  • 20 Years of Laibach, 20 Years of?…”, Central Europe Review, September 2000.
  • Deleuzoguattarian Praxis and Electronic Music”, British Postgraduate Musicology ( Vol. 4, 2001.
  • Critical Frequency”, (review of “This is Serbia Calling”, by Mathew Collin) Central Europe Review, May 2001.
  • Office Politics”, (interview with Slovene NGO) Central Europe Review, June 2001.
  • The Fright of Real Theory”, (review of “The Fright of Real Tears” by Slavoj Žižek). Kinoeye, October 2001.
  • Did Somebody Mention Lacan?” (review of “Did Somebody Mention Totalitarianism?” by Slavoj Žižek). Central Europe Review, November 2001.
  • New Italian Futurism?” (live review/feature). Junkmedia, May 2002.
  • Bread and [Rock] Circuses: Site of Sonic Conflict in London.” in Gilbert, P. (Ed.), Imagined Londons, SUNY Press 2002.
  • Neu Konservatiw: Return of a Myth”. Sleevenotes for Laibach CD “Neu Konservatiw,” Cold Spring Records 2002.
  • Zoned Out”. Review of “Primary Documents”, collection on East/Central European Art, Central Europe Review. 5 February 2003.
  • Pluralni monolit: Laibach in NSK. (Plural Monolith: Laibach and NSK). Maska. Ljubljana, 2003.
  • Unsere Geschichte.” Sleevenotes for Laibach CD “Anthems,” Mute Records 2004.
  • The Interrogation Machine: NSK, Source Codes and Temporal Hacking.” in Liebl, F. (Ed.), Cultural Hacking. Springer Verlag. 2004
  • How the West was Won – NSK and the Conquest of Cultural Space.” Borec, Autumn 2004.
  • NSK State Dublin. Overload of the Improbability Drive.” Maska, Summer 2004.
  • 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.
  • "Odsev spomina/Reflection of Memory", Antonio Živkovic catalogue text, Ljubljana: Zalozba cf. 2004.
  • Interrogation Machine. Cambridge: MIT Press. September 2005.
  • Dwarf States and Post States - NSK in the Micronational Context” in Summit of Micronations Protocols Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen (Ed.) Helsinki: Artists´ Association MUU, 2005
  • Full Spectrum Provocation The Retrogarde Strategies of Neue Slowenische Kunst” in AS Mediatijdschrift No.176 Winter 2005-2006.
  • The Evolution of Senso-Brutalism: Electronic Aesthetics of Force in Music. Industrial - Minimal Techno – Gabba.” SKUG. 10.01.2006
  • "Who Doubts the Terrible Power?" in BAVO (Ed.) Cultural Activism Today: The Art of Over-Identification (2007). Rotterdam: Episode Publishers.
  • Laibach: Made in Iugoslávia”/Laibach Made in Yugoslavia” in Fernando Oliva e Marcelo Rezende (Eds.) Comunismo da forma (Communism of Form) São Paulo: Alameda Casa Editorial. 2007.
  • Who Doubts the Power of the Antlers?” in DDR/Alexei Monroe (Eds.) Jelenometrija Raziskovalna razstava Ljubljana: Domestic Research Society. 2007.
  • Wir sind das Robvolk?” in Martin Bricelj (Ed.) Robovox Sound Book. Ljubljana: 2008.
  • NSK: Τέχνη του κράτους” in Το πολιτικό στη σύγχρονη τέχνη. Athens: Ekkremes, 2008.
  • Laibach Kunst and the Art of Total Non-Alignment.” fair Zeitung für Kunst und Ästhetik. Nr.06/I-2009.
  • Laibach Kunst and the Art of Total Non-Alignment in Rekapitulacja / Recapitulation. Muzeum Sztuki w Lodzi. 2010.
  • NSK: The Improbable State of History and the History of an Improbable State.” Radical History Review 109, Winter 2010. Durham NC: Duke University Press.
  • Gesamtkunstwerk under Construction 1980-87” in A. Monroe (Ed.) Laibach Gesamtkunstwerk - Dokument 81-86. Vinyl on Demand (VOD84). 2011
  • Die Inquisitionsmaschine. Ploettner Verlag (Forthcoming 2011).
Edited works:
State of Emergence. Ploettner Verlag/Poison Cabinet Press (Forthcoming 2011).
Co-edited with Alexander Nym and Peter Webb. Shimmering Darkness. Ploettner Verlag/Poison Cabinet Press (Forthcoming 2012).
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.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Ultra-Thatcherite Ultra-Violence

My reaction to the London disturbances, which I witnessed first hand, is online at Trebuchet Magazine. To some on the left it will be heretical, yet I don't believe this is the time for self-censorship or keeping diplomatically silent about what you see happening in front of you. The fact that England's public institutions are rotten, corrupt and violent doesn't mean that what happened wasn't at its heart an ultra-Thatcherite kleptocratic insurgency rather than the liberating revolution some would like it to be...

Monday, July 25, 2011

Sonar review published by Trebuchet Magazine

My review of this year's Sonar festival is now online. Although there were some great performances they were stranded in a sea of mediocrity and complacent regression. See Trebuchet for the full story.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Laibach lecture in Maribor, 7th April

I'll be giving a talk on the strategies of Laibach Kunst in the context of the exhibition at UGM Maribor, April 7th at 18.00. Entrance is free, more details here.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Talk and panel discussion in Leipzig, March 18th.

At 15.30 on March 18th I'll be giving a talk on the work of Autopsia and at 20.00 taking part in a panel on 'the dark scene' in relation to the German publication Schillerndes Dunkel. Full venue and other details here.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Rendez-Vous Report

The first post-Congress citizen-organised event took place in Lyon last night. RDV#1 went very well. The crowd was engaged and responsive and there were some interesting discussions. This was followed by an impromptu passport-stamping session. The event augurs well for future NSK-related events in Lyon. Congratulations to Bertrand Thibert for his hard work and for taking this initiative.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Talk at NSK Rendez-Vous Lyon 1, 25.01.2011

NSK Congress delegate Bertrand Thibert has organised the first in a series of planned NSK events in Lyon. This will be the first self-organised NSK event following the Congress. I'll be opening the event and giving a presentation. This will be followed by discussion and a screening of Predictions of Fire. The event takes place at 19.00 on January 25th at Cafe de La Cloche, Lyon.