As some may be aware of, I left to North Korea in 2017, with a handfull of artists, led by Morten Traavik, for a project called "The DMZ Academy"
It happened that a long and spectacular documentary was shot by some competent friends of us. This film, "WAR OF ART" is to be premiered in the coming weeks, before being brodcasted worldwide on your usual TV chanels. You will have the opportunity to see yours truly very drunk most of the time, singing a bold cover of Nirvana's "RAPE ME" in a North Korean karaoke, among other things.
Those are some of the images we designed for the promotion of the movie.
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Highly exciting announcement!!
Today marks the day of the official release announcement and launch of "LIBERATION DAYS - Laibach and North Korea", a book edited by Valnoir and Morten Traavik, about the Laibach concert in North Korea.
>>> ORDER VIA THE PROFILE LINK <<< This is the press release statement : "The definitive visual and textual monument to what philosopher Slavoj Žižek calls «the most fascinating cultural and ideological political event till now of the 21st century». In August 2015, infamous avant-rock provocateurs Laibach made global headlines with their concert on the occasion of the equally infamous North Korea celebrating its 70th anniversary of liberation from Japanese colonial rule.
Their choice of repertoire? Why, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Sound of Music, of course.
LIBERATION DAYS – Laibach and North Korea chronicles and explains a concert that shook the world and how it came to be.
Lavishly designed by Valnoir, a key player in this totalkunst performance, and edited by himself with the director and organiser of the performance Morten Traavik, LIBERATION DAYS is the ultimate collection of behind-the-scenes photographs, artwork, propaganda, analysis and other forms of documentation from this world-historic event, including contributions from, among others, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Committee for Cultural Relations, Slavoj Žižek, John Oliver, Lisa Sang Mi Min, Irena Šentevska and Charles Lewis.
As pleasing to the eye as puzzling to the mind." 190 pages
Hardback, goldfoiled spine
First press limited to 350 copies
Artist edition strictly limited to 30 copies
DPRK and Latvia Photos by :
Mary Sun Kim, Jørund F. Pedersen,
Jure Tepina, Simon Cockerell, Valnoir,
Daniel Miller, Uldis Cekulis
Published by Timeless
GRENOBLE, OCTOBER 12TH - NOVEMBER 25TH
The fantastic event NSK RENDEZ-VOUS IN GRENOBLE invited me to present a series of photo and graphic projects made before and during the Laibach Concert in North Korea.
For this occasion, I will also present and sign a new book, made in full collaboration with Morten Traavik, and that is called, just as the exhibition, LIBERATION DAYS.
Cold, free and heavily alcoholic beverages might be served the night of october 12th, while I'll be spilling my blood over your book copy
Today marks the release or the new Laibach album artwork, that we designed. This is our first Laibach album design. It is based on Korean painting we modified in many ways.
This is what @muterecords published yesterday on their press release:
"The cover was created by Metastazis studio, who has previously collaborated with Laibach and oversaw visuals across the band’s North Korean project. Valnoir explains, “Laibach and NSK have been without any doubt the most influential artists in my career. And since I was in charge of most of the visual elements for Laibach’s North Korean project, it was both logical and easy for me to dive into this fantastic and monumental project!” We are very proud to show it today.