Situationist International Anthology: Revised and Expanded Edition

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    Ken Knabb (ed.)

    Publisher: Bureau of Public Secrets

    Year: 2006

    Format: Paperback

    Size: 532 pages

    ISBN: 9780939682041

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In 1957 a few European avant-garde groups came together to form the Situationist International. Picking up where the dadaists and surrealists had left off, the situationists challenged people's passive conditioning with carefully calculated scandals and the playful tactic of détournement. Seeking a more extreme social revolution than was dreamed of by most leftists, they developed an incisive critique of the global spectacle-commodity system and of its "Communist" pseudo-opposition, and their new methods of agitation helped trigger the May 1968 revolt in France. Since then—although the SI itself was dissolved in 1972—situationist theories and tactics have continued to inspire radical currents all over the world.

The Situationist International Anthology, generally recognized as the most comprehensive and accurately translated collection of situationist writings in English, presents a rich variety of articles, leaflets, graffiti, and internal documents, ranging from early experiments in "psychogeography" to lucid analyses of the Watts riot, the Vietnam War, the Prague Spring, the Chinese Cultural Revolution and other crises and upheavals of the sixties.

For this new edition the translations have all be fine-tuned and over 100 pages of new material have been added.

About the Editor

Ken Knabb has also translated Guy Debord's Complete Cinematic Works and The Society of the Spectacle. His own writings, collected in Public Secrets, have been translated into more than a dozen other languages.

What People Are Saying

“In the U.S.A. the Situationist International is mostly known as a small group of dadaist provocateurs that had something to do with the May 1968 uprising in France. The name has been batted around in reference to punk, because Sex Pistols Svengali Malcolm McLaren supposedly was connected with the situationists. The situationists were, ah, sort of like the Yippies, one hears. Or New York’s Motherfuckers. . . . The Situationist International Anthology makes it clear that the Situationist International was something considerably more interesting: perhaps the most lucid and adventurous band of extremists of the last quarter century. It makes almost all present-day political and aesthetic thinking seem cowardly. . . . It is exhilarating to read this book. ”—Greil Marcus

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