E-book of the most comprehensive collection of writings of the Situationist International in English translated and compiled by Ken Knabb.
In 1957 a few European avant-garde groups came together to form the Situationist International. Picking up where the dadaists and surrealists had left off, the situationists challenged people's passive conditioning with carefully calculated scandals and the playful tactic of detournement.
A brilliant hoax report by former Situationist International member Gianfranco Sanguinetti purporting to be by a cultured Italian aristocrat calling himself "Censor". It was sent to 520 of the most powerful people in Italy in 1975 and sounding like a conservative from another era Censor counselled his peers in response to the mass strikes sweeping the country, causing a scandal and laying bare the state manipulation of terrorist groups in the Strategy of Tension.
Below is the text version of the report with appendices, translated and compiled by Not Bored!. Attached in PDF format is the version of the report translated by Len Bracken.
This text was produced in 1969 and handed out at University College, Dublin and also at the anti-apartheid demonstration against the Springbok Rugby tour that year. It was produced by Phil Meyler then living in London and owed heavily to Vaneigen’s Revolution of Everyday Life. Phil was invited to visit the University President and his mother had a visit from the Special Branch who wanted to question him, neither of which happened.
Short piece on the actions of the situationist King Mob and their fellow travellers.
The radical 1960s English group King Mob called themselves the ‘gangsters of the new freedom’, and combined hard-edged politics with the disruptive potential of Dada. Kunzru looks back at their world after sifting through their archive, which has recently been acquired by Tate.
Partial archive of a series of small 'pocketbooks' in the late 1970s/early 1980s entitled 'Spectacular Times' by Larry Law. They serve as a brief introduction to situationist ideas. Each consists of newspaper clippings, quotations, handwritten text by Law and illustrations, all compiled and arranged with great humour!
Taken from http://nntk.net/main.php?g2_itemId=251 to make reading and sharing easier. If you have any of the other issues of these pocketbooks please let us know over e-mail or by commenting below, as we would love to complete this archive.
Optimistic text from the Situationist International that suggests whilst previous revolts have failed, future ones may not.
As the world of the spectacle extends its reign it approaches the climax of its offensive, provoking new resistances everywhere. These resistances are very little known precisely because the reigning spectacle is designed to present an omnipresent hypnotic image of unanimous submission. But they do exist and are spreading.
A situationist critique of Harvard’s 1969 Left politics.
“Whereas this project was undertaken by individuals at different points in their growth to consciousness, i.e to revolutionary coherence (unity, totality) as persons, and
Whereas there was more or less lack of engagement in the practical task of carrying out the project – due partly to unavoidable difficulties of spatio-temporal coordination, and
Ken Knabb's book The Joy of Revolution which examines the pros and cons of diverse radical tactics and speculates on how a stateless, classless, post-revolutionary society may function.
First published in Public Secrets: Collected Skirmishes of Ken Knabb (1997) and retrieved on 24 January, 2012 from http://www.bopsecrets.org/PS/joyrev.htm.