Die geheimen Tagebücher von einer verderbten Existenz

Behind these gates you will hear my thoughts screaming like nerves under the sun and feel my emotion laughing to the empty ether.
Welcome Dear Wanderer, make yourself at home.
The road is long and tortuous and I hope you enjoy yourself.

Fraternally Yours,
Poison Creeper

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Neue Slovenische Kunst

Neue Slowenische Kunst were an important artist collective formed in the 1980s in Slovenia comprising three core groups; the painting collective Irwin, the artist-musicians Laibach, the theatre group Scipion Nasice Sisters and the design group New Collectivism. NSK’s name is the German translation of ‘New Slovenian Art’. Their work addressed the social and political situation in Slovenia, during a period of great turmoil as it was undergoing separation from the former Yugloslavia. As such their work forms a lens through which to view the history of the social and political evolution of the country at this time – in particular, the complex relationship between culture and national identity within a place that had been repeatedly occupied. Conceived as a form of ‘gesamtkunstwerke’ their work – whether as painting, music performance, theatre or design – manifests an evolution of the notion of ‘appropriation’ in art. Slavoj Zizek characterised their attitude as one of provocative ‘overidentification’ with the repressed ‘obscene superego’ of the state: as the performatively inhabiting structures implying power (whether they are gestures of military authority, canonical artworks or political propaganda).
Acknowledging the significance of this unique aesthetic and political collective emerging the 1980s, and their increasing relevance to the strategies of activism, collectivism and alternative distribution systems for many artists of the subsequent generation, Tate Modern will present a day of lectures, screenings and conversations. Investigating the complexity of NSK’s role by linking it to the wider trajectory of Eastern and Central European art history, the event will attempt to consider the collective as a whole for the first time, and invite each artist group to speak and present archive material. The event will also feature a ‘retrospective’ concert by Laibach in the Turbine Hall in which elements of early performances from 1982 onwards will be reperformed for the first time.
Organised by Catherine Wood, Curator (Contemporary Art / Performance), Kathy Noble, Curator (Interdisciplinary Projects) Tate Modern, with Dr Anthony Gardner and Lina Dzuverovic, Calvert 22, assisted by Loren Hansi Momodu, Assistant Curator.

Symposium Schedule

10.30 – 11.00 Eda Čufer 
11.10 – 11.45 Anthony Gardner 
11.45 – 13.00 Laibach and Alexei Monroe on Laibach 
14.00 – 14.30 Zdenka Badovinac 
14.30 – 14.45 Irwin 
15.45 – 17.00 Scipion Nasice Sisters 
17.00 – 17.45 Round table Artist’s discussion moderated by Klara Kemp-Welch 
19.00 – 20.00 Alexei Munroe 
20.00 – 22.00 Screenings

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