Situationist International Anthology

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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 detournement. 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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Pre-S.I. Texts
Formulary for a New Urbanism (Chtcheglov, 1953)p. 1
Introduction to a Critique of Urban Geography (Debord, 1955)p. 8
Proposals for Rationally Improving the City of Paris (Lettrist International, 1955)p. 12
A User's Guide to Detournement (Debord & Wolman, 1956)p. 14
The Alba Platform (Lettrist International, 1956)p. 21
Notes on the Formation of an Imaginist Bauhaus (Jorn, 1957)p. 23
Report on the Construction of Situations (Debord, 1957)p. 25
French Journals
The Sound and the Furyp. 47
Preliminary Problems in Constructing a Situationp. 49
Definitionsp. 51
Theses on Cultural Revolution (Debord)p. 53
The Situationists and Automation (Jorn)p. 55
No Useless Leniency (Bernstein)p. 58
Action in Belgium Against the International Assembly of Art Criticsp. 59
Theory of the Derive (Debord)p. 62
Detournement as Negation and Preludep. 67
Situationist Theses on Traffic (Debord)p. 69
Another City for Another Life (Constant)p. 71
The Use of Free Timep. 74
Gangland and Philosophy (Kotanyi)p. 76
The Adventurep. 79
The Fourth SI Conference in Londonp. 81
Instructions for an Insurrectionp. 84
Basic Program of the Bureau of Unitary Urbanism (Kotanyi & Vaneigem)p. 86
Perspectives for Conscious Changes in Everyday Life (Debord)p. 90
Geopolitics of Hibernationp. 100
The Bad Days Will Endp. 107
The Fifth SI Conference in Goteborgp. 114
Basic Banalities (Part 1) (Vaneigem)p. 117
Ideologies, Classes, and the Domination of Naturep. 131
The Avant-Garde of Presencep. 142
The Counter-Situationist Campaign in Various Countriesp. 145
All the King's Menp. 149
Basic Banalities (Part 2) (Vaneigem)p. 154
Anti-Public Relations Noticep. 173
Now, the SIp. 174
Questionnairep. 178
Response to a Questionnaire from the Center for Socio-Experimental Artp. 183
Address to Revolutionaries of Algeria and of All Countriesp. 189
The Decline and Fall of the Spectacle-Commodity Economyp. 194
The Class Struggles in Algeriap. 203
Contribution to a Councilist Program in Spainp. 213
Some Theoretical Topics That Need To Be Dealt With (Vaneigem)p. 220
Captive Words: Preface to a Situationist Dictionary (Khayati)p. 222
The Role of Godardp. 228
The Ideology of Dialoguep. 230
Interview with an Imbecilep. 233
The Algeria of Daniel Guerin, Libertarianp. 235
Domenach versus Alienationp. 237
The Explosion Point of Ideology in Chinap. 240
Two Local Warsp. 251
Our Goals and Methods in the Strasbourg Scandalp. 263
The Situationists and the New Forms of Action Against Politics and Art (Vienet)p. 273
Aiming for Practical Truth (Vaneigem)p. 277
Setting Straight Some Popular Misconceptions About Revolutions in the Underdeveloped Countries (Khayati)p. 281
Minimum Definition of Revolutionary Organizationsp. 285
Three Postscripts to the Previous Issuep. 286
The Beginning of an Erap. 288
Reform and Counterreform in the Bureaucratic Blocp. 326
How Not To Understand Situationist Booksp. 336
Preliminaries on Councils and Councilist Organization (Riesel)p. 348
Notice to the Civilized Concerning Generalized Self-Management (Vaneigem)p. 363
The Conquest of Space in the Time of Power (Rothe)p. 371
The Latest Exclusionsp. 374
The Elite and the Backwardp. 377
Cinema and Revolutionp. 378
The Organization Question for the SI (Debord)p. 380
Miscellaneous Publications
Preliminaries Toward Defining a Unitary Revolutionary Program (Canjuers & Debord, 1960)p. 387
For a Revolutionary Judgment of Art (Debord, 1961)p. 393
Theses on the Paris Commune (Debord, Kotanyi, Vaneigem, 1962)p. 398
The Situationists and the New Forms of Action in Politics and Art (Debord, 1963)p. 402
On the Poverty of Student Life (1966)p. 408
In Short (1965 & 1969)p. 430
May 1968 Documents
Communiquep. 435
Watch Out for Manipulators! Watch Out for Bureaucrats!p. 435
Slogans To Be Spread Now by Every Meansp. 436
Telegramsp. 437
Report on the Occupation of the Sorbonnep. 438
For the Power of the Workers Councilsp. 442
Address to All Workersp. 443
Graffitip. 445
Internal Texts
Provisional Statutes of the SI (1969)p. 461
Provisional Theses for the Discussion of New Theoretico-Practical Orientations in the SI (Salvadori, 1970)p. 464
Remarks on the SI Today (Debord, 1970)p. 468
Declaration (Debord, Riesel, Vienet, 1970)p. 474
Untitled Text (Debord, 1971)p. 476
Translator's Notesp. 479
Bibliographyp. 493
The Blind Men and the Elephantp. 500
Index to Debord's the Society of the Spectaclep. 511
Index to Vaneigem's the Revolution of Everyday Lifep. 512
Indexp. 515
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