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Request PDF on ResearchGate | On Apr 1, , Rajko Mursic and others published Interrogation Machine: Laibach and NSK. There has been a common attitude amongst critics that it would be too easy, and unjust, to understand Laibach and NSK simply as a more ‘advanced’ version of. Dr. Alexei Monroe’s book “Interrogation Machine – Laibach and NSK”, with particular focus on the performances and productions of Laibach.

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Interrogation Machine – Laibach and NSK

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Dispatched from the UK in 10 interrogatuon days When will my order arrive? Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Art Books Art History: Description The first English-language study of NSK-one of the contemporary art world’s most radical forces-with particular focus on the performances and productions of NSK’s musical and conceptual division, Laibach.

NSK is considered by many to be the last true avant-garde of the twentieth century and the most consistently challenging artistic force in Eastern Europe today.

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The acronym refers to Neue Slowenische Kunst, a Slovene collective that emerged in the wake of Tito’s death and was shaped by the breakup of Yugoslavia. Its complex and disturbing work-in fields including experimental music and theater, painting, philosophy, writing, performance, and design-has an international following but a powerful and specific cultural context.

Within the NSK organization are a number of divisions, the best-known of which is Laibach, an alternative music group known for its blending of popular culture with subversive itnerrogation, high art with underground provocation-reflecting the political and cultural chaos of its time.


In Interrogation Machine, Alexei Monroe offers the first critical appraisal of the entire NSK phenomenon, from its elaborate organizational structure and its internal logics to its controversial public actions. The result is a fascinating portrait not only of NSK but of the complex political and cultural context within which it operates. Monroe analyzes the paradoxes, perplexities, and traumas of NSK’s work at its deepest levels.

His investigation of the relationships between conceptual content, stylistic method, and ideological subtext demonstrates the relevance of NSK in general and Laibach in particular to current debates about culture, power, war, politics, globalization, the marketplace, and life itself.

As Slavoj Zizek writes in his foreword, “Today, the lesson of Laibach is more pertinent than ever. The use of theory reflects NSK’s own theoretical engagement; it is also a valuable way to read the issues raised by the work. Neither oversimplifying nor uncritically mystifying, Monroe leaves intact the “gaps, contradictions, and shadows” inherent in his subject, demonstrating that “it should still be possible to appreciate the work as art that moves, confuses, agitates, machihe fascinates.

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The Monstrosity of Christ Slavoj Zizek. The Trouble with Pleasure Aaron Schuster. Incontinence of the Void Slavoj Zizek. Interrogation Machine Alexei Monroe. The Not-Two Lorenzo Chiesa. The Shortest Shadow Alenka Zupancic.


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It’s brilliantly answered by critic Alexei Monroe in Interrogation Machine, the first substantial English work on the collective Monroe’s writing is accessible and potent, making for the best and most thought-provoking art book of the year so far. He has published many articles on contemporary music, culture, and politics and is the author of lalbach http: He is the author of more than thirty books, including Looking Awry: Alenka Zupancic, a Slovenian psychoanalytic theorist and philosopher, teaches at the European Graduate School and is a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and the Arts.

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