Print available in the shop! ( Link in profile)
As we are starting to work on the blue ray edition of the documentary Liberation Day, we relaunch this spectacular print of the official poster of the @laibachofficial show in #northkorea , for very affordable price (35€)
We have 9 copies of the book back in stock, and bear in mind that those are almost the last copies before total extinction.
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As a reminder : FIRE WORK WITH ME is the first Metastazis retrospective. 300 pages and 2 kilograms of our worst projects, also filled with rare and never released documents and texts. Add on top of that : a laser numbered burnt cover, very cheap postage outside of France and the authors blood on your copy.
Throwback to 2012, as @officialparadiselost release their new album. So proud to have designed this artwork. Paradise Lost was the very first band I saw live when I was 16 in 1996, and my first band's setlist back then was 80% Paradise Lost covers.
Part 2 and end of previous post
Never been happier to come back in France.
The most positive note is that we anyway achieved to spend a few days in residence in the Pyongyang fine art university, sharing studios with local artists willing to exchange with us. Some of us even managed to collaborate with those artists, with the encouragement of the vice president of the school. Nik Nowak managed , after days of struggle against the comitee, to make a noise installation on the river banks (before being stopped by a local gestapo officer), and we got to make a short presentation of our work in front of a handfull of local artists.
Every step taken, even small, was a victory.
So in a way, we triumphed!
So, yes, I'm back from North Korea. The hardest trip I've had there so far, and probably the last one.
I followed Morten Traavik and a delegation of half a dozen of artists and cultural entrepreneurs from the west and from China. The aim of the project (the DMZ Academy) was to challenge the vision of art of the North Koreans artists with our own contemporary and western vision, through a cultural exchange platform called "The art factory". Although we didn't know what to expect, we had hopes that something unique would happen.
What happened is that our local partners (The Comitee for cultural relations with foreign countries of DPRK) , fixers and collaborators who made the Laibach concert andso many crazy projects possible, sabotaged the whole thing, on purpose.
They turned out to be a cliché of uptight, lazy, intolerant and intorlerable bureaucrats working for a monster regime. I mean, they have always been bureaucrats working for a monster regime, but they were, in the past, working as our partners and not as our enemies.
To be continued in next post, due to Instagram text size limitation
DMZ Academy presents : Art Factory.
A cultural exchange station in North Korea.
From August 26 to September 4th , a handful of Western artists and cultural entrepreneurs led by Norwegian director Morten Traavik will gather in Pyongyang, DPRK to exchange with their North Korean colleagues about their mutual disciplines. Workshops , lectures, and a semi public exhibition at the art academy of Pyongyang will constitute the core of this unique pioneering event.
Wish us good luck!