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The Hamburg Theses of September 1961—Guy Debord

The Hamburg Theses of September 1961(Note to serve in the history of the Situationist International)[1] The ‘Hamburg Theses’ [‘Thèses de Hambourg’] surely constitute the most mysterious of all the documents that emerged from the SI; among which many have been … Continue reading

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Once more on the Hamburg Theses

[You can read my translation of Debord’s The Hamburg Theses of September 1961 here] Once more on the Hamburg Theses The plans announced in my last post with an eye to the 60th anniversary of the first publication of Internationale … Continue reading

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Internationale Situationniste number 7, April 1962

It is sixty years since Internationale Situationniste number 7 was published, dated April 1962. Partly in commemoration I plan on posting new translations of several articles from the seventh issue over the next month. Our world is arguably less distant … Continue reading

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The Sinister Science

I have started a new blog over at the sinister science. There I will continue to write about situationists and critical theory and practice, but with the added focus of science fiction. Yep, that’s right, the barely repressed science fictional … Continue reading

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Spectacle in Space

Doing our bit for 50 years of cold war shenanigans and the alienation of technique and knowledge in the service of spectacular power. The text on the poster is adapted from Eduardo Rothe’s text The Conquest of Space in the … Continue reading

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The independence of the commodity (2)

Page 37 of internationale situationniste no. 10 has exerted a strange fascination for me since I first saw it. The striking way it combines the reproduction of a contemporary ad, appended with Situationist critical commentary, completes this détournement. Unfortunately, the novel … Continue reading

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On tonight’s program… the unconscious

Originally from the pages of internationale situationniste, no. 8, January 1963

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How the Situationist International became what it was

I finally submitted my thesis on the SI last April, 2017. It was accepted by the university in August of the same year after being given the green light by my three markers. It is available here. So, the project … Continue reading

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Beyond salvage: Andrea Gibbons on the Situationists

In late 2015 Andrea Gibbons published an article entitled, Salvaging Situationism: Race and Space. If we leave aside for the moment her maladroit use of the term ‘situationism’, what we find is an argument charging the predominantly white, male membership … Continue reading

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Smashing the fash with ideas

Mick Armstrong demonstrates, despite himself, that ideas and rational argument are central to the creation of a mass movement against creeping fascism and capitalism. However his argument tends to err on the side of a false dilemma: either rational argument or … Continue reading

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