In keeping with the interest of viennacontemporary in ongoing research within the CEE region, this year’s Focus section will not revolve around the invited guest country, but will rather concentrate on the question: What is the experience of a state that is not based on territory, but on time?
In this atmosphere of humanitarian and artistic emergency, the industrial punk band Laibach and the artists of NSK ("Neue Slowenische Kunst", New Slovenian Art) traveled across burning ex-Yugoslavia to Sarajevo to proclaim the city as a territory of the NSK State in Time. They performed two shows, brought art exhibitions and gave away passports that helped the locals to get through the blockade imposed on the city.
Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos is pleased to host the internationally renowned artists collective IRWIN, members of NSK (New Slovenian Art). Over a one week period of screenings, lectures and panel discussions, Towards a Double Consciousness: NSK Passport Project will take as its point of departure, NSK’s artistic intervention State in Time and its increasing significance in Africa especially within the context of Nigeria.
For the first time ever the Slovenian art group Irwin exhibits its works in Denmark. At the exhibition the group presents NSK-State in Time. This continuing communication project presents a utopian state without a concrete territory, but with several thousands of citizens plus formal national symbols such as a flag, stamps, emblems and a passport that everyone is free to obtain. One of the exhibited works, Words from Africa, is a collaborative work between Irwin and nskstate.com.
Within the framework of "The New Balcans 2004" programme, the Macedonian Museum of Modern Art invited IRWIN to present the NSK STATE IN TIME project at the group exhibition "Art - Immigration - Utopia: Any Place Any". At this occation Irwin establish an NSK STATE Passport Office at the main room of the Museum and issued a few dozens of passports for the people of Thessaloniki and other guests from all over the world.
In May 2004, during Ireland's Presidency of the European Union, celebrations took place in Dublin city to welcome the 10 countries who joined the European Union under the program of enlargement. During these celebrations, and through the initiative of Helena Drnovsek-Zorko (Slovenian Ambassador to Ireland), the Neue Slowenische Kunst undertook a series of events around the capital city.