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Internationale Situationiste

June 21, 2009

The Situationists advocated playful disruptions of the everyday, from media to cityscapes, in order to shatter the spectacle via imagination and replace drudgery with pleasure.

– Cindy Milstein, Anarchism’s Promise for Anticapitalist Resistance

Though I’d heard of Guy Debord’s notion of “the society of the spectacle,” I’d not known that he was formally part of a movement of intellectuals and artists. The Situationist International (SI) was apparently active from 1957 through (at least) 1972 and influential in the 1968 Paris uprising.

Wikipedia has a quote from Raoul Vaneigem’s “The Revolution of Everyday Life”:

People who talk about revolution and class struggle without referring explicitly to everyday life, without understanding what is subversive about love and what is positive in the refusal of constraints, such people have a corpse in their mouth.

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