Guy Debord

Why art can't kill the Situationist International

Alexander III statue toppled

T.J. Clark and Donald Nicholson-Smith on why art can't kill the Situationist International in October 79, Winter 1997.

"[i]What does it matter to us what judgments may later be passed upon our obscure personalities? If we have seen fit to record the political differences that exist between the majority of the Commune and ourselves, this is not in order to apportion blame to the former and praise the latter.

Theses on the Paris Commune - Situationist International

Parisian barricade - 1871

The Situationists reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of a great revolutionary moment; "the biggest festival of the nineteenth century".

" is time we examine the Commune not just as an outmoded example of revolutionary primitivism, all of whose mistakes can easily be overcome, but as a positive experiment whose whole truth has yet to be rediscovered and fulfilled."


Debord, Guy - Anselm Jappe

Anselm Jappe's biography of Debord and exposition of his ideas.

First published in 1992.
English translation by Donald Nicholson-Smith, published by University of California Press, 1999.

Beneath the idol, the bureaucrat

A recently published volume of Guy Debord's early letters provides insights into a singular personality, and the fractious relationships that spawned the Situationist International. But, asks Sam Williams, how does this disenchanting account alter its spectacular legacy?

The SI just refuses to go away', writes Mckenzie Wark in his introduction to Guy Debord's Correspondence. Semiotext(e)'s publication of this book affirms the position. Translated from the French, and subtitled ‘The Foundation of the Situationist International', it is the first of seven volumes of Guy Debord's correspondence.

Advisory concerning spectacular terrorism

Translation of text posted by Jules Bonnot de la Bande concening Tiqqun's representation of Guy Debord.

"Advisory concerning spectacular terrorism"
Jules Bonnot de la Bande

Psychogeographical Venice

We know Rumney's side of the story: it was unfair that he was kicked out of the SI for not completing his book on Venice in time. But what about Debord's side? He certainly managed to complete his contribution to the project in a timely fashion.

Psychogeographical Venice

The Asturian Strikes of 1962-1963

Striking Asturian miners demonstrate in 1962

Guy Debord's accounts of the massive strikes by miners in Franco's Spain, translated into English for the first time.

The Asturian Strike

Ab irato - Guy Debord

Guy Debord on particular medical practices.

Ab irato

This Latin expression, which means "in an angry movement,"[1] should return to usage today, when it is hardly possible to write about any subject without being gripped by anger. And yet, among so many other offenses that one could use to "anger the people" (as one said during the French Revolution), perhaps none are more monstrous than the document(s) we reproduce here.

Youth to Burn: Guy Debord on the fire at Saint-Laurent-du-Pont

Text from 1971, not published during Debord's lifetime.

On the fire at Saint-Laurent-du-Pont

by Guy Debord

Foreword to the Third French Edition of "The Society of the Spectacle"

New translation of one of Debord's last statements (circa 1992).

Foreword to the third French edition of The Society of the Spectacle