The classic NSK documentary "Predictions of Fire" is now free to watch here. Predictions of Fire is a revealing study of the controversial and internationally acclaimed arts collective NSK, as seen through the lens of 20th-century Central European history. Shot in Ljubljana, Moscow, New York City, Belgrade, and Athens.
Sarajevo and Laibach have particularly strong connection, which is mostly reflected by the fact that Laibach is one of the groups that had a concert in besieged Sarajevo – on the same date when the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement was held.
You are kindly invited to attend the international conference NSK from Kapital to Capital: Neue Slowenische Kunst – an Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia from 19 to 21 June at the auditorium of the Moderna galerija. The conference opens with the keynote lecture by Boris Groys on Friday, 19 June, at 6 p.m.
It happened in London. And since every place and space has its own specificities, Stacion Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina represents a new call and challenge for the Neue Slowenische Archive. In Prishtina, the archive meets new cultural and political specificities and originates, new, different interpretations and questions. ‘The Slovenian Box’ is brought again to life and speaks loudly.
In 1987, seven years after the death of Tito, one of the greatest affairs in the history of that state broke out when New Collectivism studio won the competition for the celebration of the Youth Day - the birth anniversary of the dead president. Soon afterwards it was discovered that the Youth Day poster was based on a poster used in Nazi propaganda. The Youth Day celebration was never held again and the Yugoslav state broke up soon afterwards.
CHELSEA space proudly presents Neue Slowenische Kunst 1984-1992, a timely show dedicated to the radical Slovenian art collective Neue Slowenische Kunst (New Slovenian Art), focussing on the archives of Laibach, IRWIN, New Collectivism and Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre, in Ljubljana and the David Gothard archive in London. The exhibition traces the impact of their work and the important role London played in the collective’s activities.
NSK principles are codified in the Internal Book of Laws in 1985. The only parts of this “book” to have been publicly issued are the “Constitution of Membership and Basic Duties of NSK Members,” along with the briefer “Five Principles of Friendship.” (NSK,Neue Slowenische Kunst, 4-3)
Fundamental Laibach manifest, written collectively in 1982, first published as a whole in 1983 (Nova revija, no. 13/14), occasionally titled as The 10 Items of Convent. Published also in Primary Documents, A Sourcebook for Eastern and Central European Art since the 1950s (The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2002), and in Institutional Critique – An Anthology of Artists’ Writings (MIT Press, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)