NSK State in Time was created as a conceptual art project in 1992 by the groups comprising the Slovene collective Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK). Amongst others these included the groups IRWIN, Laibach, Cosmokinetical Cabinet Noordung, New Collectivism and the Department of Pure and Applied Philosophy.

NSK was founded in Ljubljana in 1984 as socialist Yugoslavia began to fracture. Its works and actions have commented on many of the political events of the last two decades and NSK is now widely acknowledged to have played a key role in the political and cultural history of Slovenia and former Yugoslavia, even being credited with playing a role in the pluralisation of society and culture in 1980s. By the end of that decade the NSK groups had gained a reputation across Western Europe, America and Japan.

The NSK State in Time is conceived as a utopian formation, which has no physical territory and is not identified with any existing national state. It is inherently transnational and its art is a cross-section between “fiction and reality” in “the first global state of the universe”.

The NSK State itself is a collective cultural work, formed by both the iconography and statements of its founders and its citizens’ responses to these and to the existence of the state.

NSK State in Time was constituted through the NSK Embassy Moscow and developed a series of temporary “embassy” and “consulate” events in locations including Ghent, Florence, Berlin and Sarajevo. It first started issuing passports in 1993 to anyone who is prepared to identify with its founding principles, and citizenship is open to all regardless of national, sexual, religious or other status. It now has thousands of citizens across numerous countries and all continents.

By 2001, Athens-based designer Haris Hararis launched his own unofficial NSK website nskstate.com, which fast became the central meeting point for all the NSK followers and citizens. It became clear that the citizens had begun to self-organize, both online and in the real world. They used the conceptual space and iconographies of the various NSK groups as a basis for their own actions and responses. NSK groups decided 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 autonomously, away from its creators. The initiative of ‘NSK rendezvous’ started to develop internationally, first in Lyon, London, New York and Leipzig, which included, but was not limited to conferences, movies, mixes, concerts, exhibitions, happenings, performances, theatre plays related to NSK and/or its embedded collective. In April 2014, NSK STAAT Lipsk organised the 1st NSK Folk Art Biennale in Leipzig and in July 2016 the 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale: Folk Art Rising 1916 – 2016 took place in Burren, Ireland, organized by NSK citizens from Ireland. For more information on these events please go to times.nskstate.com

Neue Slowenische Kunst members and friends, Ljubljana (Slovenia), courtesy NSK, 1986