13 September 2007

The Situationists

Ambition
"Their goal was to destroy the barriers that separated art and everyday life, end the boredom of our passive way of life and make way for a grand and playful revolt by a liberated people."
~ Kristoffer Haggren, "The Situationist International: A Brief History of Inspiration" (at Interacting Arts)

Ideology
"Modern capitalism and its spectacle allot everyone a specific role in a general passivity. The student is no exception to the rule. He has a provisional part to play, a rehearsal for his final role as an element in market society as conservative as the rest. Being a student is a form of initiation."
~ U.N.E.F. Strasbourg, On the Poverty of Student Life (1966)

Method
"It goes without saying that one is not limited to correcting a work or to integrating diverse fragments of out-of-date works into a new one; one can also alter the meaning of those fragments in any appropriate way, leaving the imbeciles to their slavish reference to 'citations.'"
~ Guy Debord & Gil J. Wolman, "A User’s Guide to D├ętournement" (1956)

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