Miran Mohar / Conversations in a museum / Preoccupations

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NSK State in Time /
Contemporary Art System in Eastern Europe and its Specificities

07.12. 2017 at 6pm / Art Gallery Miodrag Dado Đurić 

NSK State in Time

Miran Mohar’s presentation will focus on NSK State in Time, which was founded in 1992 as a transformation of the Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) art collective into NSK State in Time. NSK was formed in 1984 in Yugoslavia by three groups – Irwin, Laibach and the Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre. Collaboration, a free flow of ideas between individual members and groups, and the joint planning of actions were critical to NSK’s operations and its development. NSK State in Time was a response to the radical political changes in Yugoslavia and Eastern Europe at the start of the 1990s. Apart from organizing 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 was 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 Harar is 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 started to use NSK State in Time for their own actions and responses. A decision was taken 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 started to live its own life independently from its creators.

Contemporary Art System in Eastern Europe and its Specificities

Miran Mohar will present the specificities of the art system(s) in Eastern Europe, comparing it(them) with the developed Western one. He will also touch on some segments of the art system in our territories, including art education, museums and other public exhibition spaces, public and private collections and collectors, and theoretical production. The presentation will be a attempt of an overview of the general development of modern and contemporary art after World War II in Eastern European ex-socialist countries which he co-researched with the IRWIN group within the project called East Art Map (years 2000-2005). The aim of his presentation is to give basic information and reflection about what kind of art system is produced in Eastern Europe and discuss which missing elements of the art system should be created or improved by ourselves for our specific needs.

Miran Mohar (born 1958 in Novo Mesto, Slovenia) is an artist based in Ljubljana. He is a member of the Irwin artists group and a co-founder of the Neue Slovenish Kunst art collective, the graphic design studio New Collectivism and the Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre. Together with four other members of Irwin (Dušan Mandič, Andrej Savski, Roman Uranjek and Borut Vogelnik) he has participated in all Irwin projects and exhibitions since 1984.
As a member of the New Collectivism graphic design team he co-designed numerous books, posters and other graphic design products for the following institutions: P.S.1/MOMA New York, Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana, Kunst Werke Berlin, Irwin, Laibach, Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre, En Knap Dance Company, Castello Di Rivoli, Kampnagel, and others. Since 1983 he has made several set designs for the following theatre and dance companies: Randy Warshaw Dance Company, Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre, Red Pilot and En Knap Dance Company. He is also a co-funder and member of architectural movement Maja Farol and a member of European Cultural Parliament since 2001. From 2008 he is also an associate professor and vice-dean at AVA, Academy of Visual Arts in Ljubljana and from 2017 guest professor at UBT in Prishtina. He is also a tutor at the SCCA World of Art curatorial school.