NSK: FROM KAPITAL TO CAPITAL -- NEUE SLOWENISCHE KUNST: AN EVENT OF THE FINAL DECADE OF YUGOSLAVIA. Ed. by Zdenka Badovinac et al. Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, 2015. Published in association with MIT Press, Cambridge. 590 pp. with 336 ills. (184 col.). 27 x 20 cm. LC 2015-936764 ISBN 9780262029957 In English.
Publisher's description: This book is the generously illustrated, lavishly documented, critically narrated story of one of the most significant art collectives of the late twentieth century. In 1984, three groups of artists in post-Tito Yugoslavia -- the music and multimedia group Laibach, the visual arts group Irwin, and the theater group Scipion Nasice Sisters Theater -- came together to form the Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) art collective. Adopting the symbols, codes, appearances, and discourses of fascism, nationalism, state power, socialist-realist, and avant-garde art, and pushing the strategies of overidentification and subversive affirmation to their limits, NSK exposed the common foundations of various regimes, systems, and ideologies, while affirming that "art and totalitarianism are not mutually exclusive." Employing music, video, film, exhibitions, writing, graphic design, architecture, theater, and public relations to probe the aesthetic possibilities of declining socialism and proliferating capitalism, NSK introduced an idiosyncratic version of postmodernism (the Retro-Avant-Garde) into the globalizing cultural sphere.
Artist(s):Neue Slowenische Kunst (group)
Indexing: Western, Europe — Yugoslavia, Slovenia — Post-1970 — Several Media
Worldwide Number: 037330