Situationist International anthology - Ken Knabb

E-book of the most comprehensive collection of writings of the Situationist International in English translated and compiled by Ken Knabb.

Throwing a Wrench in the "Capitalism Works" Piece

I'm not sure quite where to start my rant on this public art project in Times Square by Steve Lambert (, given that it perturbs me on so many levels. The artist might respond, "That's the point!" And certainly I'd like to respond, "You're right!" Instead, my first disgruntlement with this piece it that it only appears to perturb, and so cleverly.

Radical printshop collectives of the 1970s and 80s (video) - Jess Baines

This half-hour lecture by former radical printshop worker and LSE lecturer Jess Baines investigates the largely forgotten history of the radical design and print collectives of the 1970s and 80s.

Notes on "the Situationist International: the art of historical intervention" - Miguel Amorós

A short summary of the history of the Situationist International, with brief discussions of its artistic origins, its significance as the “the most political artistic vanguard and the most artistic political vanguard” of its time, the role of the critique of everyday life in the development of its project, and the recuperation of many situationist themes by capitalism since May ’68, whose achievements with regard to individual freedom "were nothing but the pale reflection of the freedom of the market”.

A letter to Goldsmiths art students on capitalism, art and pseudo-critique

A general critique of much of the "anti-capitalist" art at the Goldsmiths University July 2013 MFA show. This text is reproduced for reference and debate only, and the views of the author are not endorsed by the libcom group.

The anarchist art of Flavio Costantini

Image gallery of the work of anarchist artist Flavio Costantini, who sadly died yesterday 20 May 2013.

How the left got trapped inside their own heads and how fairies can open the door to the future - Adam Curtis

Adam Curtis on the pessimism that the May 68 generation used as a defence against recuperation but struggled to shake off.

Art doesn't pay - Janet Steen

Janet Steer on the reality of a career in the arts not being as glamorous as it's made out to be.

The Mexican Suitcase

A treasure trove...

In Madrid I happened upon a unique collection in the annals of Spanish Civil War. Robert Capa considered a pioneer of photojournalism provided the iconic Falling Soldier image. Negatives of his, David Chim and Gerda Taro were thought lost when Capa fled Paris in 1940. The collection formed a heavily circulated body of work sympathetic to the Republic. The collection of 4,500 fortunately resurfaced in 2007 in Mexico and until September 2012, part of the La Maleta Mexicana collection - Círculo de Bellas Artes. Unfortunately, my camera is limited, but hopefully it gives a flavour of the collection.