Cole, Clara Gilbert, 1868-1956

Clara painted by Herbert Cole

A short biography of Clara Gilbert Cole, anti-militarist and anarchist.

Gerd Arntz illustrations

A collection of working class and other assorted illustrations by German council communist artist Gerd Arntz.

The avatars of culture as commodity - Miguel Amoros

A situationist-inspired summary of the history and meaning of culture, from its origins as the privilege of leisured classes in ancient societies to its takeover by the bourgeoisie in the 19th century and its subsequent decline as today’s “mass culture” of “entertainment”, which the author claims is subordinated to the logic of the commodity economy and is therefore a “bureaucratic and industrial substitute”, “decontextualized and stripped of historical perspective” and intended for the consumption of a “passive”, “childlike” “spectator public”.

The sadness of post-workerism - David Graeber

David Graeber.

David Graber provides an overview and critique of the 'Art and Immaterial Labour' Conference that took place at the Tate Britain in January 2008. Contributors included Antonio Negri, Bifo Berardi, Maurizio Lazzarato, and Judith Revel.

Art and revolt - Fernand Pelloutier

Text of a speech delivered on behalf of the group, Arte Social, in Paris in 1896, in which one of the founders of French revolutionary syndicalism expresses his views on art and revolution, discusses the decadence of bourgeois morality and illustrates its deleterious effects on the morale of the working class by means of colorful anecdotes drawn from contemporary newspaper reports, and proclaims that "the goal of revolutionary art" is to "remove the veil from social lies".

A user's guide to détournement

“Mode d’emploi du détournement” originally appeared in the Belgian surrealist journal Les Lèvres Nues #8 (May 1956). This translation by Ken Knabb is from the Situationist International Anthology (Revised and Expanded Edition, 2006).

Luce, Maximilien, 1858-1941

Luce's A Street in Paris

Short biography of Neo-impressionist painter and anarchist Maximilien Luce.

A cavalier history of surrealism - Raoul Vaneigem

The Key to Dreams - Magritte

This book, written by Raoul Vaneigem in 1970, offers a Situationist perspective on the history of the Surrealist movement and its relationship to revolutionary politics.

Isidore Ducasse and Le Comte de Lautréamont in the Poésies - Raoul Vaneigem

Isidore Ducasse Comte de Lautréamont

Written by Raoul Vaneigem for the Belgian academic journal Synthèses in the nineteen-fifties, long before he joined the Situationist International, this text outlines his idea that the work of Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont, expresses the anarchist thought of the late nineteenth century.

This is not a manifesto: Towards an anarcho-design practice

Updated version of a text written by Jared Davidson (Garage Collective) in 2009, on the intersection of graphic design and anarchism. Downloadable in an A4 PDF.