mckenzie wark on the situationists: this wednesday at columbia 10.01.2007, 3:01 PM
posted by ben vershbow
If you're in or around new york -? this promises to be a fascinating event. Plus Ken will be unveiling a new networked book project. Details further down.
50 Years of Recuperation: The Situationist International 1957-1972
The 2007 Buell Lecture, by McKenzie Wark
Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture
6.30-8.30PM Wednesday 3rd October 2007
Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall, Columbia University, New York
The Situationist International (1957-1972) bequeathed many key concepts to us, including psychogeography, the dérive, unitary urbanism, and of course the society of the spectacle. It also spawned at least one major work of critical and utopian architecture in Constant's New Babylon. But rather than treat these as seductive historical curiosities, or as precursors to more "acceptable" notions, McKenzie Wark asks what might survive the recuperation of the Situationists and act as pointers to new practices. Rather than attempting to make an unbearable totality "sustainable," perhaps we might pick up the thread of those who dared to negate this world as a whole and imagine it anew.
McKenzie will also unveil the website for his new 'networked book' version of his ongoing research on the Situationist International, under the working title of Totality for Kids. The website is designed by Chris France and features illustrations by Kevin C. Pyle.
Pale Rider on October 3, 2007 4:07 PM:
Would love to see an update post event about the site, since I won't be in NY for a few more weeks.
paul jackamo on October 10, 2007 12:17 PM:
Like Pale Rider, I would really love to see some more information about this event.
Was it filmed?
Will keep visiting totality.tv to see the update and/or if you could notify me that would be splendid.
Paul at utopiated.net
Zeph on October 11, 2007 3:37 AM:
I enjoyed this talk but to my mind he never really got to modern applications of Situationist ideas -- the part where we "pick up the thread of those who dared to negate this world as a whole and imagine it anew."
Aliette on November 21, 2007 5:55 PM:
Magnificent project that talks to our hearts...
Remembrance from Marseille of Isou, October 27-25 2007
ie. just coming in Paris,"23 rue de Seine" being my first place.. there was the devil in it (see Burroughs)
I'm so sad that FR culture leaves us but so glad to see the cultural bridge overseas creating so much sensitive living dynamically..
Best wishes and see you soon!
See you soon, ken
(sorry of my bad English-speaking)