Jelenometry is a collaborative research exhibition produced by the Slovene collective DDR (Domestic Research Society) and cultural theorist Alexei Monroe, author of the book Interrogation Machine (MIT Press 2005). Monroe is currently researching a book project based on the cultural history of the Stag as a symbol. The exhibition title is a neologism based on the Slovene word for the Stag - jelen. The stag as a symbol is omnipresent in contemporary and urban culture, yet remains elusive and unexplored. One of the objectives of Jelenometry is to test whether the »symbolic Stag« can withstand the intensive repetition and abuse it is subject to in visual culture and other fields. Jelenometry is the result of one year of joint research conducted via the internet, specialist publications and field visits. Meetings and research trips took place in various locations including Ljubljana, Trbovlje, Rogaska Slatina, Kocevje, Vitanje and Berlin. The project represents a hunt for the symbolic
The text Laibach: Made in Yugoslavia? appears in Portuguese and English in this new bilingual Brazilian publication. Other authors include Anselm Jappe, Nicolas Bourriaud, Charity Scribner and Earl Miller. The book is based on the recent music video focussed exhibition which included videos by Laibach.
The research exhibition Jelenometry will open at Kabinet Ljubljana on October 4th. Realised in collaboration with the Slovene collective DDR the project deals with representations of the Stag as a symbol in contemporary and traditional culture. Further details to follow.
I will be giving the opening lecture at NSK Embassy Iceland on March 22nd. This is the anniversary of Laibach's first performance in Rejkjavik and the organisers have declared this the national holiday of NSK in Iceland. As well as the lecture there'll be screenings of rare footage, image projections and presenations of Volk and East Art Map . The event takes place at the Rejkjavik Academy. More details soon...
" Tracks of the Stag" c. A. Monroe In preparation for autumn 2007: an exhibition tracking the symbolic stag - the creature that constantly recurs in contexts from cave art to retrogardism, advertising to politics and beyond. More details on the project here . Greetings for 2007 to all friends and allies!