Situationist International Anthology

ISBN-10: 0939682044
ISBN-13: 9780939682041
Edition: 2006 (Enlarged)
Authors: Ken Knabb
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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Bureau of Public Secrets
Publication date: 12/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 532
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

In 1957 a few experimental European groups stemming from the radical tradition of dadaism and surrealism, but seeking to avoid the cooption to which those movements succumbed, came together to form the Situationist International. The name came from their aim of liberating everyday life through the creation of open-ended, participatory situations (as opposed to fixed works of art) an aim which naturally ran up against the whole range of material and mental obstacles produced by the present social order. Over the next decade the situationists developed an increasingly incisive critique of the global spectacle-commodity system and of its bureaucratic leftist 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 in dozens of countries all over the world. TheSI Anthology, generally recognized as the most comprehensive and accurately translated collection of situationist writings in English, presents a chronological survey of the groups activities and development as reflected in articles from its French journal and in a variety of leaflets, pamphlets, filmscripts and internal documents, ranging from their early experiments in urban psychogeography and cultural subversion to their lucid analyses of the Watts riot, the Vietnam war, the Prague Spring, the Chinese Cultural Revolution and other crises and upheavals of the sixties. A greatly revised, and expanded edition, with over 100 pages of new material.

Ken Knabb translated and published the "Situationist International Anthology," selling over 14,000 copies.

Preface
Pre-S.I. Texts
Formulary for a New Urbanism (Chtcheglov, 1953)
Introduction to a Critique of Urban Geography (Debord, 1955)
Proposals for Rationally Improving the City of Paris (Lettrist International, 1955)
A User's Guide to Detournement (Debord & Wolman, 1956)
The Alba Platform (Lettrist International, 1956)
Notes on the Formation of an Imaginist Bauhaus (Jorn, 1957)
Report on the Construction of Situations (Debord, 1957)
French Journals
(1958)
The Sound and the Fury
Preliminary Problems in Constructing a Situation
Definitions
Theses on Cultural Revolution (Debord)
The Situationists and Automation (Jorn)
No Useless Leniency (Bernstein)
Action in Belgium Against the International Assembly of Art Critics
(1958)
Theory of the Derive (Debord)
(1959)
Detournement as Negation and Prelude
Situationist Theses on Traffic (Debord)
Another City for Another Life (Constant)
(1960)
The Use of Free Time
Gangland and Philosophy (Kotanyi)
(1960)
The Adventure
The Fourth SI Conference in London
(1961)
Instructions for an Insurrection
Basic Program of the Bureau of Unitary Urbanism (Kotanyi & Vaneigem)
Perspectives for Conscious Changes in Everyday Life (Debord)
(1962)
Geopolitics of Hibernation
The Bad Days Will End
The Fifth SI Conference in Goteborg
Basic Banalities (Part 1) (Vaneigem)
(1963)
Ideologies, Classes, and the Domination of Nature
The Avant-Garde of Presence
The Counter-Situationist Campaign in Various Countries
All the King's Men
Basic Banalities (Part 2) (Vaneigem)
Anti-Public Relations Notice
(1964)
Now, the SI
Questionnaire
Response to a Questionnaire from the Center for Socio-Experimental Art
(1966)
Address to Revolutionaries of Algeria and of All Countries
The Decline and Fall of the Spectacle-Commodity Economy
The Class Struggles in Algeria
Contribution to a Councilist Program in Spain
Some Theoretical Topics That Need To Be Dealt With (Vaneigem)
Captive Words: Preface to a Situationist Dictionary (Khayati)
The Role of Godard
The Ideology of Dialogue
Interview with an Imbecile
The Algeria of Daniel Guerin, Libertarian
Domenach versus Alienation
(1967)
The Explosion Point of Ideology in China
Two Local Wars
Our Goals and Methods in the Strasbourg Scandal
The Situationists and the New Forms of Action Against Politics and Art (Vienet)
Aiming for Practical Truth (Vaneigem)
Setting Straight Some Popular Misconceptions About Revolutions in the Underdeveloped Countries (Khayati)
Minimum Definition of Revolutionary Organizations
Three Postscripts to the Previous Issue
(1969)
The Beginning of an Era
Reform and Counterreform in the Bureaucratic Bloc
How Not To Understand Situationist Books
Preliminaries on Councils and Councilist Organization (Riesel)
Notice to the Civilized Concerning Generalized Self-Management (Vaneigem)
The Conquest of Space in the Time of Power (Rothe)
The Latest Exclusions
The Elite and the Backward
Cinema and Revolution
The Organization Question for the SI (Debord)
Miscellaneous Publications
Preliminaries Toward Defining a Unitary Revolutionary Program (Canjuers & Debord, 1960)
For a Revolutionary Judgment of Art (Debord, 1961)
Theses on the Paris Commune (Debord, Kotanyi, Vaneigem, 1962)
The Situationists and the New Forms of Action in Politics and Art (Debord, 1963)
On the Poverty of Student Life (1966)
In Short (1965 & 1969)
May 1968 Documents
Communique
Watch Out for Manipulators! Watch Out for Bureaucrats!
Slogans To Be Spread Now by Every Means
Telegrams
Report on the Occupation of the Sorbonne
For the Power of the Workers Councils
Address to All Workers
Graffiti
Internal Texts
Provisional Statutes of the SI (1969)
Provisional Theses for the Discussion of New Theoretico-Practical Orientations in the SI (Salvadori, 1970)
Remarks on the SI Today (Debord, 1970)
Declaration (Debord, Riesel, Vienet, 1970)
Untitled Text (Debord, 1971)
Translator's Notes
Bibliography
The Blind Men and the Elephant
Index to Debord's the Society of the Spectacle
Index to Vaneigem's the Revolution of Everyday Life
Index

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