situationist

What is situationism?: a reader

This anthology gathers together a broad range of critical material about the Situationist International.

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.

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.

The veritable report on the last chance to save capitalism in Italy - Censor

Piazza Fontana bombing, 1969

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.

The Gurriers 1969

Gurriers

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.

The mob who shouldn't really be here - Hari Kunzru

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.

In Conversation with Raoul Vaneigem - Hans Ulrich Obrist

The Tree of Guernica directed by Fernando Arrabal

Interview with Raoul Vaneigem on the future of anarchism post 2009.

Hans Ulrich Obrist: I just visited Edouard Glissant and Patrick Chamoiseau, who have written an appeal to Barack Obama. What would your appeal and/or advice be to Obama?

Revolutionary self-theory: A beginners' manual - Larry Law

PDF of a Situationist pocketbook by Larry Law on revolutionary self-theory.

Spectacular Times

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.

The bad days will end

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.

I accuse Harvard University

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