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Charles Lewis Charle Lewis
NSK/NY Diplomat
NSK Passport Issued: 2007

Charles Lewis is based in New York City, and has been an NSK State passport holder since 2007. When he is not executing his duties as an NSK State diplomat he is a professional software developer, and also writes.

  • 2017 NSK State Reserve collaboration with Irwin to issue bonds for NSK State Pavillion at Venice Biennale
  • 2017 Appeared on video series Brass Tacks to discuss the NSK State
  • 2017 Spoke at Queens College as part of colloquium series organized by Douglas Rushkoff
  • 2016 Lecture at Morbid Anatomy Museum. NSK: Avant Garde Art Collective and Virtual State
  • 2016 NSK State Reserve wins Irwin award at the 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale, invited speaker
  • 2016 Represented NSKNY as a cultural partner at NADA, spoke about NSK State Reserve
  • 2015 With david K, initiated NSK State Reserve project
  • 2014 Particiated in the 1st NSK Folk Art Biennale in Leipzig
  • 2013 Spoke at e-Flux Consulate Inauguration report
  • 2012 Spoke at NSK Passport Office at MoMA
  • 2012 Participated in an NSK reading group event in NY - Subversive Affirmation
  • 2012 NSK State presentation for Community Unitarian Church of Westchester
  • 2011 Created the Cross Conversion display
  • 2011 Spoke at and helped organize NSKNY Rendez-vous at Momenta Gallery
  • 2010 Participated in the First NSK Citizens' Congress in Berlin - Click here for a report
  • 2004-2007 Created a series of Laibach mashups (vs Frankie Goes to Hollywood, vs Madonna, vs Public Enemy, vs Echo and the Bunnymen, vs Prince, and vs Pet Shop Boys).

Unrelated to NSK State, he has one self-published novel: Cappadocia

  Gediminas Gasparavičius

Gediminas Gasparavičius specializes in late modern and contemporary art.  He is assistant professor of art history at the Myers School of Art, University of Akron (Ohio).  His research focuses on collective and participatory art in Eastern Europe in late socialism and early postsocialism.  His doctoral dissertation examined the work of the Slovenian multidisciplinary collective Neue Slowenische Kunst (or NSK), which in 1992 established NSK State in Time.  NSK State is a conceptual entity that issues passports, opens “embassies,” and subversively mimics other functions of the state.  Together with his colleagues from NSK-NY Organizing Committee, he presented at IRWIN-NSK Passport Office – New York (Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2012).  In Fall 2014 he curated the exhibition IRWIN: NSK State in Time at Emily Davis Gallery at Myers School of Art, University of Akron.

In Fall 2013 he published the article "How the East Saw the East in 1992: NSK Embassy Moscow and Relationality in Eastern Europe" in Public Art Dialogue.  In May-June 2015 his article "Promises and Premises of Art as a State: NSK Embassy Moscow and its Contexts" will appear in a catalogue of the exhibition NSK from Kapital to Capital. Neue Slowenische Kunst – an Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia at Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana.

Gediminas Gasparavičius earned his Ph.D. in Art History and Criticism at State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2011.  He received an M.A. in Art History from Ohio State University in 1999, a Master-Studies Diploma with Distinction in History and Philosophy of Art from Central European University (Prague, Czech Republic) in 1995, and a B.A. in Art History from Vytautas Magnus University (Kaunas, Lithuania) in 1994. 


david K. Thompson
NSK Diplomatic Passport Issued: 2012

david K. is a native New Mexican multi-disciplinary artist and art historian concentrating on Central and Eastern Europe. His art juxtaposes found-object readymades, cartography, landscape, machinery, propaganda, documents and other forms of æstheticised nationalism culminating in mechanized absurdity and delineated psychological geographies. Through the deliberate misuse of political semiotics, geography, and scientific aesthetics his work questions classification, the existential nature of identity, and even the notion of art itself.

Though a listener of Laibach since the 1980s, it was not until the publication of the Neue Slowenische Kunst monograph in 1992 that david K. discovered the parallels between Emphatic Eclecticism and the religious and political idioms employed in his own work. He has since continued the development of ‘regionalized’ NSK æsthetics, and has collaborated with NSK artist group IRWIN. His art has been presented in many notable NSK-oriented exhibitions including the design of passport stamps for the NSK Passport Office, MoMA, New York and NSK Electronic Consulate New York, at e-flux.
Ongoing projects:
NSK State Currency (collaboration with Charles Lewis)
NSK State Dacha

  Conor McGrady
NSK Passport Issued: 1998
NSK Diplomatic Passport Issued: 2012

Conor McGrady is an artist from N. Ireland, whose work examines the relationship between ideology and spatial control. He has exhibited in The Jerusalem Show VII: Fractures (Qalandiya International Biennial), D-0 Ark Underground Biennale of Contemporary Art, Sarajevo-Konjic, IK-00 Spaces of Confinement in Venice, and the 2002 Whitney Biennial in New York. Editor of Radical History Review’s Curated Spaces, his writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Ruminations on Violence (Waveland Press, 2007) State of Emergence (Plottner Verlag, 2011) and State in Time (Drustvo NSK Informativni Center, Ljubljana, 2012). He divides his time between Ireland and NYC, and is Dean of Academic Affairs at Burren College of Art.

Ken Holewczynski Ken Holewczynski
NSK/NY Propaganda Minister
NSK State Passport Issued: 1995

Long involved in the underground industrial scene since the 1990's, Ken Holewczynski has steadfastly maintained ties with global electronic and industrial factions, including running record labels, writing music and publishing an industrial-only music magazine. A visit to WaxTrax! Records in it's prime years led to the discovery of Laibach (Opus Dei era) and subsequently NSK. Following NSK activities since then has become a mission, including interviewing Ivan Novak via Mute Records during the release of NATO for Arc magazine, acquiring official NSK documents and ephemera and corresponding with other NSK citizens.

Holewczynski has also contributed to the NSK Volk Art online and to Spectre Party Propaganda.

Holewczynski continues to produce politically-themed posters and militaristic machine-music under the moniker of Epoch and his work can be viewed at: