Reappropriating the Spectacle: the Situationist International 1957-1972 – 6.10.2014

“La vie privée est privée de quoi? De la vie tout simplement.” – Guy Debord [1]

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1. What was the Situationist International?

The Situationist International (“SI”) was a group of European artists and political thinkers founded in 1957 and best known for their humanistic critique of consumerism and of the role of the mass media and their influence on the May 1968 student uprisings in Paris. The movement (if such it was) dissipated shortly afterwards, but its legacy has continued to be felt in fields as diverse as urban planning, social theory and cultural studies, cinema and punk rock. Continue reading