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The Final Countdown

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Categories: Current Publications, Irwin

The Final Countdown

The Final Countdown: Europe, Refugees and the Left
Edited by Jela Krečič.

The Final Countdown

There is a commonly accepted notion that we live in a time of serious crisis that moves between the two extremes of fundamentalist terrorism and right wing populism. The latter draws its power from the supposed threat of immigrants: it proposes to resolve the immigrant crisis by placing the blame on the principal victims themselves, that is to say, on some form of otherness (immigrants, Islam, the LGBT community and similar). The predominant leftist position, which advocates multicultural tolerance and understanding, is no match for such aggressive populism.

The premise of The Final Countdown: Europe, Refugees and the Left is that our situation is indeed extremely dangerous, that near unimaginable catastrophes are lurking on the horizon, but that these new dangers also open up new spaces for radical emancipatory politics. Eleven distinguished thinkers take these perils as a challenge to provide sharp, specific analysis of our social and political predicament, combining a merciless critique of the prevailing leftist humanitarian approach with elements of a new vision for the Left.

The Final Countdown is therefore also a countdown to a new beginning; it is a practice of theory that is not here to lament but to re-think and reframe the very basic coordinates of how we understand and deal with today’s major political issues.

With contributions by Boris Buden, Boris Groys, Mladen Dolar, Saroj Giri, Agon Hamza, Jamil Khader, Robert Pfaller, Frank Ruda, Alenka Zupančič, Slavoj Žižek. Continue reading →

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Retrograde London 2014

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Categories: Events, Genealogies, Irwin

Retrograde London 2014
Tuesday 16th December 7pm @ The Horse Hospital

flyer2smallJoin us for an evening of discussion in the shadow of the NSK State…

30 years after the creation Neue Slowenische Kunst, join us for an evening exploring the aesthetic universe and the state created by these challenging Slovene artists. This special evening will take place in London’s historic Horse Hospital, site of the first NSK Rendez-Vous London and the London launch of the NSK Congress book State of Emergence.

IRWIN recently published the book State in Time in cooperation with Minor Compositions and the book will be formally presented this evening by publisher/contributor Stevphen Shukaitis and contributor Jonah Westerman.

This year Dr. Simon Bell received his PhD. for his research on Laibach/NSK. Tonight he will present the results of his research and be questioned on it by experts.

2014 also saw the publication of updated German and French editions of Dr. Alexei Monroe’s Interrogation Machine. Tonight he will focus on the problematic reception of Laibach/NSK in France, joined in conversation by NSK State Diplomat and Congress delegate Bertrand Thibert, organiser of the first NSK Rendez-Vous.

Plus NSK short films, books and information, cocktails. Continue reading →

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State in Time

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State in Time
Edited by IRWIN

Become a citizen of the first global state of the universe!

The NSK State in Time emerged in 1992, evolving in the context of the dissolution of Yugoslavia and the transformation Neue Slowenische Kunst. Existing both as an artwork and a social formation, a state that encompasses all time but holding no territory, the NSK State in Time has for two decades pushed the boundaries of artistic and political practice. This volume collects together, for the first time, analyses of the NSK State in Time including its relationship with the changing context of Eastern Europe, the connection between aesthetics and the state, the rise of NSK folk art, and documents the First NSK Citizen’s Congress in 2010.

Includes essays by Inke Arns, Huang Chien-Hung, Eda Cufer, Marina Grzinic, Irwin, Tomaz Mastnak, Viktor Misiano, Alexei Monroe, Ian Parker, Avi Pitchon, Stevphen Shukaitis, Slavoj Zizek, and Jonah Westerman. Continue reading →