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Yesterday, the police interrogated me at length about the journal and the Situationist organization. It was only a beginning. This is, I think, one of the principle threats that came up quickly during the discussion: the police want to regard the SI as an association in order to set about its dissolution in France. I protested, emphasizing that the artistic movement was never legally constituted by moral individuals in a declared association. Not being constituted, the SI cannot be officially dissolved, but they tried to intimidate us heavily. It seems they take us for gangsters

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Letters by writer, filmmaker, and cultural revolutionary Guy Debord conjure a vivid picture of the dynamic first years of the Situationist International movement.

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Yesterday, the police interrogated me at length about the journal and other Situationist organizations. It was only a beginning. This is, I think, one of the principal threats that came up quickly during the discussion: the police want to consider the S.I. as an association to bring about the destruction of France.--from CorrespondenceThis volume traces the dynamic first years of the Situationist International movement--a cultural avant-garde that continues to inspire new generations of artists, theorists, and writers more than half a century later. Debord's letters--published here for the first time in English--provide a fascinating insider's view of just how this seemingly disorganized group drifting around a newly consumerized Paris became one of the most defining cultural movements of the twentieth century. Circumstances, personalities, and ambitions all come into play as the group develops its strategy of anarchic, conceptual, but highly political "intervention." Brilliantly conceived, this collection of letters offers the best available introduction to the Situationist International movement by detailing, through original documents, how the group formed and defined its cultural mission: to bring about, "by any means possible, even artistic," a complete transformation of personal life within the Society of the Spectacle.

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ISBN:
9781584350552
Subtitle:
The Foundation of the Situationist International (June 1957--August 1960)
Author:
Debord, Guy
Translator:
Kendall, Stuart
Translator:
McHale, John
Introduction:
Wark, McKenzie
Author:
Semiotext(e)
Author:
Kendall, Stuart
Author:
McHale, John
Author:
Wark, McKenzie
Publisher:
Semiotext(e)
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Art & Politics
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
History - Contemporary (1945- )
Subject:
Debord, Guy
Subject:
Radicals - France
Subject:
Art - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents Correspondence
Publication Date:
20081212
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
French
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.1 in 1.4 lb

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