Liberation Day chronicles the Slovenian band Laibach’s trip to North Korea, as they plan to take part in the PRK’s most important state holiday, Liberation Day, with a new program of songs from the American film The Sound of Music, prepared especially on the occasion.
Early in 2015, the Slovenian band Laibach announced a concert tour planned to take place in North Korea. What seemed merely a joke, or perhaps, yet another performance by the music wing of the NSK art collective, ultimately resulted in a massive conceptual action, exploring totalitarianism, propaganda, and the limits of freedom.
The NSK (Neue Slowenische Kunst) art collective have often addressed totalitarian symbols and rituals in their aesthetic and theoretic practices. For NSK, whose retrospective survey was shown at Garage in fall 2016, any art is synonymous to propaganda, and contemporary pop culture is established on the same principles which constitute the aesthetics of totalitarian regimes.