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IRWIN–NSK Passport Office, New York at MoMA

In 2012, Irwin was invited to participate in the inaugural exhibition at the Print Shop gallery at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and they were kind enough to include NSKNY. An NSK embassy was established onsite where passport applications and photos were taken. Miran Mohar, Conor McGrady, Gediminas Gasparavicius, and Charles Lewis gave presentations in the MoMA auditorium, and David K was on hand to share some of his NSK Folk Art. Other attendees included Michael Benson, director of the NSK documentary Predictions of Fire, the Consul General of Slovenia, Dr. Melita Gabric, and Christian Matzke, founder of the Retrogarde Reading Room.

Print Studio, in Conjunction with the Exhibition Print/Out
Museum of Modern Art
The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building Lobby
4 West 54th Street Entrance,
New York, NY 10019

February 1 - 3, 2012

Originally founded by a collective of artists, musicians, and philosophers, the NSK State in Time came into being in 1992 shortly after Slovenia’s independence from the Yugoslav Federation. Its declaration of existence was accompanied by the issuing of passports at various temporary embassies, which operated alongside NSK exhibitions and events. Led by the Slovenian artists’ collective IRWIN, Print Studio will host the NSK Passport Office, New York for three days and issue a limited number of passports. A concurrent series of presentations, discussions, screenings and a culminating NSK State Citizens’ Rendezvous offers a forum to engage the public with ideas central to the NSK State and what it means to be a citizen of this non-territorial entity.

A limited number of passports will be printed during IRWIN’s NSK Passport Office, New York.

Print Studio Inauguration & NSK State Citizens' Rendezvous

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012

Print Studio’s opening program begins with an NSK State Citizens’ Rendezvous, featuring presentations by:

  • Miran Mohar, founding member of Slovenian art collective IRWIN.
  • Gediminas Gasparavicius, Charles Lewis, and Conor McGrady, NSKNY Organizing Committee members.     

After the presentations, Ana Janevski, Associate Curator of Performance, MoMA, moderates a discussion and Q&A. A reception follows, and participants are invited to engage in Print Studio’s activities: apply for citizenship at IRWIN’s NSK Passport Office, New York; view works of NSK Citizen generated Folk Art; make a print using visual resources found in the Reanimation Library: Mid-Manhattan Branch; or respond to a re-imagined task from the ongoing Collective Task project adapted for Print Studio.

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Print/Out, Print Studio is an interactive space that explores the evolution of artistic practices relating to the medium of print.

See also:

Escaping the Past of a State in Time -by Charles Lewis

This Week at Print Studio: IRWIN, NSK Passport Office, New York