“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).
A User's Guide to Détournement (1)
This work was written collectively by the Situationist International in the immediate aftermath of May 1968. It comprises their own account of the Situationists' contribution to the Movement of Occupations that took place throughout France during the largest wildcat strike in history.
Enragés et situationnistes dans le mouvement des occupations (Paris: Gallimard, 1968)
Translated by Loren Goldner and Paul Sieveking (New York: Autonomedia, 1992)
From situationism to the abyss: a pamphlet against the harmful phenomena of the encyclopedia - Alpha Vingt
A libertarian Marxist/communist critique of the Encyclopedie des Nuisances, chronicling the group's evolution from situationist-inspired councilist activism during the 1970s, to its "abandonment of any kind of revolutionary perspective" during the early 1990s, until its final surrender to "passive contemplation of the catastrophe" and "apocalyptic defeatism" during the late 1990s. Includes critiques of Guy Debord's situationist theory and the Frankfurt School.
From Situationism to the Abyss:
A Pamphlet against
the Harmful Phenomena of the Encyclopedia – Alpha Vingt
In this essay written after the LA Riots of 1992, Jaime Semprun expresses a pessimistic view of the new "barbarians", the uncivilized youth who according to him have been economically marginalized by capitalism but also socially integrated by the spectacle of power and violence, and compares their social dislocation and nihilism with Hannah Arendt's characterization of the preconditions for the mass psychology of totalitarianism ("isolation and the absence of normal social relations").
Waiting for the Barbarians – Jaime Semprun
A former collaborator of the Encyclopedie des Nuisances chronicles the group's political trajectory from its situationist origins in the 1970s (inspired by Thesis 17 of The Veritable Split in the International regarding "pollution and the proletariat") to its ultimate disillusionment with the proletariat as revolutionary subject during the "extremely alienating conditions" of the 1990s.
Afterword: The History of Ten Years – Miguel Amorós
Analysis of the outbreaks of class struggle in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Poland that took place between 1974 and 1984, published by the Encyclopedie des Nuisances in 1985.
History of Ten Years – Encyclopédie des Nuisances
Outline for a Historical Depiction of the Progress Attained by Social Alienation