NSK Electronic Consulate at e-flux in New York City will start operating on December 12, 2013 at 7pm in the e-flux offices at 311 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002, USA. The diplomatic reception will be inaugurated by NSK consul Anton Vidokle, a representative of the IRWIN group and a representative of NSK Citizens’ New York branch, who will address the honored guests.
At the NSK Electronic Consulate at e-flux, the audience will be able to access information about the NSK State in Time and its activities, and also to apply for the NSK passport.
The NSK State was founded in 1992 as a transformation of Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) art collective into the NSK State in Time. NSK was formed in 1984 in Yugoslavia by three groups: IRWIN, Laibach, and the Sisters Scipion Nasica Theatre. Critical to NSK’s operations and its development were collaboration, the free flow of ideas between individual members and groups, and the joint planning of action. The NSK State was a response to the radical political changes in Yugoslavia and Eastern Europe at the start of the 1990s. Along with establishing projects such as temporary embassies and consulates, NSK State in Time began issuing passports in 1993. There are currently about 14,000 NSK passport holders around the world.
The internet has been a key tool for spreading the NSK State message. In 1994, NSK’s Electronic Embassy Tokyo website was launched and remained active for a few years. In 2001, Athens-based designer Haris Hararis launched the unofficial NSK website nskstate.com, which became the central meeting point for NSK citizens. Around this time, it became clear that the citizens had begun to self-organize, both online and in the real world. They used the conceptual space and iconography of NSK State in Time and the various NSK groups as the basis for their own actions and responses. A decision was taken by NSK’s founding members not to restrict such initiatives, but to support them. After the First NSK Citizens Congress, which took place in Berlin in 2010, NSK State in Time began to live its own life independently from its creators.
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