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date: 26 February 2021

IRWIN [Irwin]locked

  • Milena Tomic



A group of Slovenian painters affiliated with the Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) that included Borut Vogelnik (b 1959, Kranj), Dušan Mandić (b 1954, Ljubljana), Miran Mohar (b 1958, Novo Mesto), Andrej Savski (b 1961, Ljubljana), and Roman Uranjek (b 1961, Trbovlje). IRWIN formed in 1983, a year before the founding of the larger NSK body, which came to include the rock group Laibach, the design group New Collectivism, the Department of Practical Philosophy, and the Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre, eventually renamed Noordung Cosmokinetic Theatre. Originating in the Slovenian punk scene, the group is known for its signature strategies of ‘emphatic eclecticism’ and the ‘retro-principle’ through which they explored failed social ideals and attendant historical traumas by juxtaposing different markers of cultural authority and political power.

Through their deployment of the retro-principle, IRWIN developed the unspent potential of Yugoslav conceptual practices by such artists and collectives as Goran Djordjević, ...

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