The politics of Laibach
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Laibach's politics does not take sides in anything. Laibach is part of
a collective of artists called NSK or Neue Slowenische Kunst. Upon entrance
you are supposed to get rid of your political views. Laibach are merely
'by-standers' and commentators in our world of chaos. The most important
point though is that totalitarianism and oppression are not exclusive to
facism but also to: communism, christianity and capitalistic consumerism.
Since the entire NSK bases its work on the retro principle, it means that
the facist imagery is real (taken from actual Nazi art), the music is
also based on other music originally not composed by Laibach. The most
clear cut examples are: Beatles, Queen, Opus, and the glorified Macbeth
is nothing more than a re-make of some classical stuff.
What makes Laibach very unique though, is the overall designs of their
work. They usually manage to collage one idea with its opposite. Some of
the artwork included on their disks was originally done by anti-Nazi
activists; however, its out-of-context use leads one to associate it with
Nazis. Laibach stresses the idea that one can't be sure of the real
meaning of symbolism, that no one knows all of the history.