Guy Debord

Mémoires - Guy Debord and Asger Jorn

An influential art book by Guy Debord and Asger Jorn, first published in December 1958 by the Copenhagen SI, with a second issue in 1959. Renowned for its sandpaper cover which inspired, among others, the design for the 1980 debut album of the English post-punk band The Durruti Column, 'The Return of the Durutti Column'.

An introduction to the situationists - Jan D Matthews

Situationist map of Paris

A brief introduction to the history and ideas of the libertarian Marxist group the Situationist International.

Notes on Society of the spectacle - Ken Knabb

Guy Debord at a flour mill

Helpful notes on Guy Debord's seminal text, Society of the Spectacle, put together by translator Ken Knabb.

Guy Debord supplement

Guy Debord supplement cover

Here and Now special supplement magazine on Guy Debord.

Preface to the fourth Italian edition of The Society of the spectacle - Guy Debord

English edition of the preface to a translation of Debord's seminal text Society of the spectacle.

Robert Kurz interviewed by Sonia Montaño

In this 2006 interview, Robert Kurz offers a succinct definition the “radical critique of value”, and discusses the nature of the commodity and markets, the “ontologization of value”, abstract labor, the unsavory side of Enlightenment ideology, “the liberation of the abstract individual” as a result of the current global crisis, the “double Marx”, fetishism, Anselm Jappe’s book The Adventures of the Commodity, the continuing relevance of Guy Debord’s concept of the spectacle, and other topics, in an interview for a Brazilian online publication.

The revolution now and always - Miguel Amorós

In this new Preface to the 2014 Spanish critical edition of Manuscript Found in Vitoria, Miguel Amorós discusses the historical background of the Manuscript (first published in 1977) and two other important post-situationist texts (La sociale guerre au Portugal (1975) [The Social War in Portugal] and Précis de récuperation (1976) [Manual of Recuperation]) with particular emphasis on the roles played by Jaime Semprun, Guy Debord and several of their comrades, including other former situationists, in attempts to foment subversion in Portugal and Spain in the 1970s, and the volatile disputes typical of the Debordian milieu.

In the cauldron of the negative - Jean-Marc Mandosio

A critique of the Situationist International, emphasizing the divergent trajectories of Guy Debord and Raoul Vaneigem, focusing on the role of the concept of alchemy in the SI’s theory of the revolution, with discussions of, among other topics, revolution as “transmutation”, the alchemical proto-dialectic and its relation to the Hegelian-Marxist dialectic of “supersession”, Vaneigem’s alleged debt to Schopenhauer (the “will to live”), André Breton and the “alchemy of the word”, the meaning and origin of the metaphor of the quest for the “evil Grail”, the enigmatic Hamburg Theses, and the “contradictions” of the SI’s favorable attitude towards automation and technology.

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”.