Preface to the Situationist International Anthology


Ken Knabb's introduction to the anthology of his translations of SI texts.

Submitted by libcom on July 30, 2005

Situationist International Anthology

Edited and translated from the French by Ken Knabb 1981 (2nd printing 1989; 3rd printing 1995) 406 pages

PREFACE (updated)


Formulary for a New Urbanism (Chtcheglov, 1953) Introduction to a Critique of Urban Geography (Debord, 1955) A User's Guide to Détournement (Debord & Wolman, 1956) The Alba Platform (Lettrist International, 1956) Notes on the Formation of an Imaginist Bauhaus (Jorn, 1957) Report on the Construction of Situations (Debord, 1957)**


On the Passage of a Few Persons Through a Rather Brief Period of Time (Debord, 1959) Critique of Separation (Debord, 1961)


#1 (1958) The Sound and the Fury Preliminary Problems in Constructing a Situation Definitions The Situationists and Automation (Jorn)* No Useless Leniency (Bernstein)* Action in Belgium Against the International Assembly of Art Critics

#2 (1958) Theory of the Dérive (Debord)

#3 (1959) Détournement as Negation and Prelude Situationist Theses on Traffic (Debord)

#4 (1960) Gangland and Philosophy (Kotányi)**

#5 (1960) The Adventure* The Fourth SI Conference in London*

#6 (1961) Instructions for an Insurrection Basic Program of the Bureau of Unitary Urbanism (Kotányi & Vaneigem) Perspectives for Conscious Changes in Everyday Life (Debord)

#7 (1962) Geopolitics of Hibernation The Bad Days Will End The Fifth SI Conference in Göteborg* Basic Banalities (part 1) (Vaneigem)

#8 (1963) Ideologies, Classes, and the Domination of Nature** The Avant-Garde of Presence* The Counter-Situationist Campaign in Various Countries* All the King's Men Basic Banalities (part 2) (Vaneigem) Situationist International Anti-Public Relations Notice

#9 (1964) Now, the SI Questionnaire Response to a Questionnaire from the Center for Socio-Experimental Art

#10 (1966) Address to Revolutionaries of Algeria and of All Countries The Decline and Fall of the Spectacle-Commodity Economy (Watts riot) The Class Struggles in Algeria Some Theoretical Topics That Need To Be Dealt With (Vaneigem) Captive Words: Preface to a Situationist Dictionary (Khayati) The Role of Godard The Ideology of Dialogue Interview with an Imbecile The Algeria of Daniel Guérin, Libertarian Domenach versus Alienation*

#11 (1967) The Explosion Point of Ideology in China Two Local Wars (Vietnam and Arab-Israel) Our Goads and Methods in the Strasbourg Scandal The Situationists and the New Forms of Action Against Politics and Art (Viénet) Aiming for Practical Truth (Vaneigem) Setting Straight Some Popular Misconceptions About Revolutions in the Underdeveloped Countries (Khayati) Minimum Definition of Revolutionary Organizations Six Postscripts to the Previous Issue*

#12 (1969) The Beginning of an Era (May 1968 revolt in France): part 1 part 2 Reform and Counterreform in the Bureaucratic Bloc (Prague Spring) How Not To Understand Situationist Books* Preliminaries on Councils and Councilist Organization (Riesel) Notice to the Civilized Concerning Generalized Self-Management (Vaneigem) The Conquest of Space in the Time of Power (Rothe) The Latest Exclusions** Maitron the Historian* The Elite and the Backward* Cinema and Revolution The Organization Question for the SI (Debord)


Preliminaries Toward Defining a Unitary Revolutionary Program (Canjuers & Debord, 1960) For a Revolutionary Judgment of Art (Debord, 1961) Theses on the Paris Commune (Debord, Kotányi, Vaneigem, 1962) The Situationists and the New Forms of Action in Politics and Art (Debord, 1963)** On the Poverty of Student Life (1966) In Short (1965 & 1969)


Communiqué (Sorbonne Occupation Committee) Watch Out for Manipulators! Watch Out for Bureaucrats! (SOC) Slogans To Be Spread Now by Every Means (SOC) Telegrams (SOC) Report on the Occupation of the Sorbonne (CMDO) For the Power of the Workers Councils (CMDO) Address to All Workers (CMDO)


Provisional Statutes of the SI (1969) Provisional Theses for the Discussion of New Theoretico-Practical Orientations in the SI (Salvadori, 1970)* Remarks on the SI Today (Debord, 1970)* Declaration (Debord, Riesel, Viénet, 1970) Untitled Text (Debord, 1971)*

BIBLIOGRAPHY (continually updated) THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT (Selected Opinions on the Situationists) INDEX TO "SI ANTHOLOGY" (and to entire BPS website)


* Excerpts. ** Excerpted in the book, but now complete in the online version.

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