INTERROGATION MACHINE LAIBACH AND NSK PDF

A real explosion of artistic and intellectual energy took place in Ljubljana during the s, the impact of which reverberated throughout the global cultural landscape. Alexei Monroe not only describes this explosion but transmits its energy to the reader. 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. 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 politics, 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.

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A real explosion of artistic and intellectual energy took place in Ljubljana during the s, the impact of which reverberated throughout the global cultural landscape. Alexei Monroe not only describes this explosion but transmits its energy to the reader. 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. 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 politics, 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. 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. 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, or fascinates.

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Interrogation Machine

After reading it, they may want Laibach to explain the book. Monroe does a good job, anyway. Considering its subject, Interrogation Machine is appropriately murky. The act of reading it at some points nearly mirrors the effect of listening to trance music. I would think Laibach approve. Does this argument hold? The recent events encapsulated by the name "Abu Ghraib" point in a different direction.

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Laibach & le NSK : interrogation machine

This, though, could be seen as their achievement, and nothing to shy away from. Why is brutality the opposite of mystification? It suggests that only the absence of understanding and analysis can facilitate the enjoyment of complexity. However, this view confuses complexity with a pleasant sense of impenetrability, with the false evocation of the Sublime through feigned stupidity. Enjoyment, or even just the perception of complexity, depends on an understanding of structures that cannot be grasped in a state of mystical awe.

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