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Situationism

SITUATIONIST ETHICS

CONFERENCE ON THE SI NOW

Universityof Sussex, Brighton, UK– Friday 8th June 2012

Keynote: McKenzie Wark (The New School, NY), author of The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International (2011), Gamer Theory (2007) and Hacker Manifesto (2004).

“Since the beginning of the movement there has been a problem as to what to call artistic works by members of the SI. It was understood that none of them was a situationist production, but what to call them? I propose a very simple rule: to call them ‘antisituationist.’ We are against the dominant conditions of artistic inauthenticity. I don’t mean that anyone should stop painting, writing, etc. I don’t mean that that has no value. I don’t mean that we could continue to exist without doing that. But at the same time we know that such works will be coopted by society and used against us. Our impact lies in the elaboration of certain truths which have an explosive power whenever people are ready to struggle for them. At the present stage the movement is only in its infancy regarding the elaboration of these essential points.” — Attila Kotányi at the Fifth Conference of the SI, 1961

Is it oxymoronic, heretical or just plain wrong to talk about Situationist aesthetics? The Situationist International (SI) condemned attempts to discuss its work in terms of aesthetics, but perhaps it is now time to brush the SI against the grain.

When it first announced its programme, the SI insisted that ‘There is no such thing as Situationism’. A few years later, before expelling its members deemed to be too invested in artistic production, the SI declared that in an age of spectacle any work of art produced by a Situationist must necessarily be ‘antisituationist’. The SI’s tactical intransigence regarding the political value of the aesthetic, and its refusal of the possibility of a specifically Situationist aesthetic, threw up problems that remained unresolved by the time of the SI’s dissolution. Since 1972, particularly in Anglophone contexts, Situationist practices have penetrated an array of cultural spheres, and much cultural production which the SI would have dismissed as spectacular has claimed some Situationist influence.

The SI located itself within but against culture. This symposium asks whether such a position is tenable, and what possibility might there be for Situationist aesthetics after all. Do cultural phenomena such as punk, or the current psychogeography industry, for example, work as or against Situationist aesthetics? Is it possible to identify art works and/or practices indebted to the SI that do not recuperate its politics but fortify and develop them? 

Possible themes include, but are not limited to:
·           The work of Guy Debord and other members of the Situationist International
·           The work of artists, writers, thinkers or film-makers proximate to or influenced by the SI
·           critiques of the SI
·           (Post-)Situationist theory now
·           Détournement, plagiarism, and recuperation
·           Spectacular and anti-spectacular aesthetics
·           The uses and abuses of psychogeography
·           Punk and art writing

Please submit proposals of no more than 250 words for papers or presentations of 20 minutes to Sam Cooper at situ.aesthetics@gmail.com by 16th March 2012.

 

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Asger Jorn

ASGER JORN’S WRITINGS ON ART AND ARCHITECTURE

Guy Debord and Asger Jorn were the key co-founders of the Situationist International (1957). Despite significant differences in style and personality, the two were close collaborators at that time and remained close personal friends until Jorn’s death in 1973, long after Jorn had left the SI.

One of the first projects of the newly formed SI was the publication of a large French-language collection of Asger Jorn’s texts from the immediately preceding period: “Pour la Forme: ébauche d’une méthodologie des arts” (1958). This collection was reprinted by Éditions Allia and is still in print, but up till now very few of Jorn’s writings have been available in English.

Now, at long last, there is a comprehensive English-language collection of Jorn’s writings:

FRATERNITÉ AVANT TOUT:
ASGER JORN’S WRITINGS ON ART AND ARCHITECTURE, 1938-1958
Edited by Ruth Baumeister
Translated by Paul Larkin and Ken Knabb
Published by “010” (Rotterdam)
http://www.010.nl/catalogue/book.php?id=760

Most of this new collection consists of articles translated from the Danish and Swedish by Paul Larkin, but it also includes four articles from “Pour la Forme” translated from the French by Ken Knabb. Excerpts from these latter articles are online at: http://www.bopsecrets.org/SI/asger-jorn/index.htm

Those excerpts provide just a little taste of the richness and liveliness of Jorn’s ideas and explorations. I encourage you to get Baumeister’s book if you are interested in further exploring this provocative yet genial pioneer of the interface between cultural and political radicalism.

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The Bureau of Public Secrets website features writings by Ken Knabb, Knabb’s translations from the Situationist International, and the Rexroth Archive (texts by and about the great writer and social critic Kenneth Rexroth).

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BUREAU OF PUBLIC SECRETS
POB 1044, Berkeley CA 94701, USA
http://www.bopsecrets.org

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Feminism

FEMINISMS OF MULTITUDES

Dear All

We would like to make you aware of a Call for Papers which may be of interest.

The panel Feminisms of Multitudes is part of the Association of Art Historians UK Conference in March 2012, for which the paper proposal deadline is 7th November 2011.

More details are available here: http://feminismsofmultitudes.wordpress.com/

Please circulate widely

All the best
Angela Dimitrakaki, Vicky Horne, Harry Weeks (University ofEdinburgh)

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Jan van Eyck

DEFEND THE JAN VAN EYCK ACADEMY

For many years the Janvan Eyck Academy in Maastricht has been an international centre for critical and radical theory. The Dutch government has recently proposed drastic changes to cultural funding. These changes will directly endanger the JvE and other Dutch post-academic institutions.

Please support the campaign to defend the JvE by sending an email to: janvaneyck-adefendablespace@janvaneyck.nl  

Comments can be read at http://janvaneyck-adefendablespace.tumblr.com

For more information about the innovative activities of the JvE, see: http://www.janvaneyck.nl/

Recently the Dutch Ministry of Culture published a document containing its policy for the period 2013-16. Amongst a whole range of intended drastic cuts, it proposes that the State should stop financing post-academic institutes like the Jan van Eyck Academie. There is no explicit motivation for this plan, other than a reference to the supposed need to reduce public expenditure. The State Secretary, Halbe Zijlstra, restricts himself to stating that the cultural field should self-finance post-academic formation and education, ‘as the legal professions and building industry do.’ However it is clear that the principles motivating the policy document derive from a logic of austerity and will result in the application of business criteria.

As far as the Jan van Eyck Academie is concerned this policy would mean a severe cut of its means as of 2013, resulting in its closure in 2016. Instead of financing an experimental, non-university and research-oriented post-academic institute like the Jan van Eyck Academie, the State Secretary wants to invest in fifty artists who have proved to be ‘successful’. Despite the fact that the Jan van Eyck Academie can easily demonstrate its essential role in the successful careers of numerous artists, designers, and theoreticians, this contribution has never been articulated in terms of ‘success.’ The Academie is about combining research in the fine arts, design, and theory, and thus about creating invaluable interdisciplinary connections and radical innovations. Such places of intellectual and artistic freedom are necessary, and the inability of the Ministry to recognise this testifies to the obtuseness and short-sightedness of its policy.

We strongly oppose the intentions of the Ministry of Culture, for we want the Jan van Eyck Academie, along the other post-academic institutes, to continue to do what it is good at. We repudiate an austerity driven policy which will result in a blind erasure of an institute that has proven to be an important element in the Dutch and international network of artistic and art-related practices. We therefore request the State Secretary to withdraw his plans.

Signature

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Guy Debord

SPECTACULAR CAPITALISM

Spectacular Capitalism Release Party and Presentation 
Saturday June 25th @ 7PM @ X Marks the Bökship (http://bokship.org)
210/ Unit 3 Cambridge Heath Road London E2 9NQ

Over the past forty years the ideas and practices of Guy Debord and the Situationist International have become a constant reference point for those involved in radical politics, the arts, and cultural theory. Despite this ubiquity Debord’s work has been reduced to a palatable cliché rather than being used as a tool for crafting an ongoing practice of critique and engagement. Come on join us to celebrate the release of Richard Gilman-Opalsky’s new book, Spectacular Capitalism: Guy Debord and the Practice of Radical Philosophy, as we excavate this potential from the historical wreckage. 

Drawing on the work of Guy Debord, Gilman-Opalsky argues that the theory of practice and practice of theory are superseded by upheavals that do the work of philosophy. Spectacular Capitalism makes the case not only for a new philosophy of praxis, but for praxis itself as the delivery mechanism for philosophy – for the field of human action, of contestation and conflict, to raise directly the most irresistible questions about the truth and morality of the existing state of affairs.

Commentary and response from Gavin Grindon:

“Richard Gilman-Opalsky’s Spectacular Capitalism rescues Situationist theory and praxis from merely antiquarian and art-historical commentary and puts it in dialogue with the project of a radical philosophy for leaving the 21st century.” – McKenzie Wark, author of A Hacker Manifesto and Gamer Theory

Organized by Minor Compositions (http://www.minorcompositions.info) and the Centre for Ethics and Politics @ Queen Mary, University of London (http://cfep.org.uk)

Spectacular Capitalism: Guy Debord and the Practice of Radical Philosophy
Richard Gilman-Opalsky
http://www.minorcompositions.info/spectacularcapitalism.html
To be released June 2011
ISBN 978-1-57027-228-8

Bio: Richard Gilman-Opalsky is Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He is the author of Unbounded Publics: Transgressive Public Spheres, Zapatismo, and Political Theory (Lexington Books, 2008), as well as numerous articles.

Released by Minor Compositions, London / New York / Port Watson
Minor Compositions is a series of interventions & provocations drawing from autonomous politics, avant-garde aesthetics, and the revolutions of everyday life.
Minor Compositions is an imprint of Autonomedia
www.minorcompositions.info |info@minorcompositions.info

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Marxism and Art

ART, PSYCHOANALYSIS AND REVOLUTION

Hervé Hubert-Klein
Art, Psychoanalysis and Revolution
From 29 January to 25 February 2011

Opening Saturday 29th of January at 6.00pm

The artist and psychoanalyst H. Hubert-Klein introduces his artistic work and discusses his conceptions in a roundtable conversation

Underdog Art Company
384, Old Kent Road, SE1 5AA
London, United Kingdom

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Situationism

 

Utopia

 

WHAT IS THE RADICAL IMAGINATION?

 

“What is the Radical Imagination?” a special issue (4.2) of Affinities: Journal of Radical Theory, Culture and Action

Edited by Max Haiven and Alex Khasnabish

Read and download for free at: www.affinitiesjournal.org

 

Launch party: joint launch with Upping the Anti #11,  January 15, 2011, 8:30pm, Toronto Free Gallery, 1277 Bloor St. W (at Landsdown).  $5 cover, $10 includes a copy of UTA11.  Details here.  In conjunction with the North American Anarchist Studies Network Conference.

 
 
Table of contents:
Editorials/Introductions

Max Haiven, Alex Khasnabish: “What is the radical imagination? A Special Issue”

 

Interventions: Struggles
 
Franco BIFO Berardi: “Precariousness, Catastrophe and Challenging the Blackmail of the Imagination”

 

Taiaiake Alfred: “What is Radical Imagination? Indigenous Struggles in Canada”



Julie E. Dowsett: “Commodity Feminism and the Unilever Corporation: Or, How the Corporate Imagination Appropriates Feminism”



Phanuel Antwi and Amber Dean: “Unfixing Imaginings of the City: Art, Gentrification, and Cultures of Surveillance”



 

Interventions: Provocations
  
 
Larissa Lai: “Other Presents: Imagining the Human and Beyond”

Justin Paulson

“The Uneven Development of Radical Imagination”

Chris Churchill

“A Radical and Elitist Imagination? Political Paternities and Alternatives in the History of Ideas”

Petra Rethmann

“A few notes on the question, what is radical imagination?”

Randy Martin

“Dancing Through the Crisis”

 

Interventions: Openings

Allan Antliff: “Anarchist Imaginaries”

Judy Rebick: “Re-Imagining Revolution”



Patrick Reinsborough: “Giant Whispers: Narrative Power, Radical Imagination and a Future Worth Fighting For…”



Glen Coulthard: “Place against Empire: Understanding Indigenous Anti-Colonialism”

 

Peer Reviewed Articles
Rachel Elaine Strasinger

“Beyond Protest: Radical Imagination and the Global Justice Movement”

Terry Maley

“Participatory Budgeting and the Radical Imagination: In Europe but not in Canada?”

Michael Truscello

“The Disruptive Time of the Gift: (Radical) Imagination at Work in Free and Open Source Software”

 

Read and download for free at:  www.affinitiesjournal.org

 

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Austerity ConDemed

ARTS AGAINST CUTS

ARTS AGAINST CUTS // DIRECT WEEKEND THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY [Jan 15th and 16th]

Camberwell College of Art, Wilson Road Building (off Peckham Rd)

Following on from the fantastic Long Weekend at Goldsmiths in December, the Turner Prize and National Gallery teach-ins, the Book Block and the many occupations and actions that emerged from that weekend, this Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th Arts Against Cuts are organising another weekend of action, planning, imagining, working and thinking together.

The schedule below has been drawn from the great list of proposals sent in. There will be lots of free space for anyone who wished to put forward ideas on the days, organised spontaneity.  Schedule may shift around a bit.

SATURDAY
* Saturday Creche all day
10 – 11            Breakfast (BYO)
11 – 12            Open Meeting
12 – 5              Parallel Spaces and Open Spaces Including…
* The Art of Direct Action, John Jordan talk and Workshop
* Posters and Graffitti in 1968 Atelier populaire oui, Aterlier bougeois non, talk and print making workshop, Warren Carter, Jess Baines, Jo Robinson
* Radical Education Workshop with Radical Education Collective
*  What shall we do with our cultural institutions? Precarious Workers Brigade
* Paid Not Played Choir & Political Music Collective music and lyric workshop
* Alter/ate Mobile Slogan Factory/ Counterproductions and CGTV
* Screen printing and Banner Making all day
5.00 CLOSING MEETING

SUNDAY
10 – 11            Breakfast (BYO)
11 – 12            Open Meeting
12 – 5              Parallel Spaces and Open Spaces Including…
* Object Sabotage with Evan Calder Williams, & Mute
* Mapping and Connecting with Trade Unions
* Video Box – 1-minute videos and Communist Gallery
* Book Block workshop
* Debt and Slavery, David Graeber
* Theatre of the Dead/ Dual Power – Planning for the 29th
* Fact Sheet Workshop and Free School
* EMA working group – Planning for 18th and 19th
* International Student Discussion/ Chelsea Project
5.00 CLOSING MEETING

After party gig with Chicago Boys in Camberwell

Arts Against Cuts was initiated across London Art Schools last Autumn.

 
We want to reclaim the public, critical space that universities and art schools should be, transforming those buildings into art schools for the future, bringing together art students, artists, cultural workers and those fighting the cuts from across the UK to share in defiance against the relentless marketization of our education and our lives. We will share knowledge and skills; we will collaborate across disciplines, ages and backgrounds; we will turn our imagination and desires into tools of disobedience. We will make sure that all the knowledge, ideas, tools and projects which emerge from the event will be disseminated and put into action in streets and public spaces across the country and be shared by all those in the anti-cuts movements. The Direct Weekend will be a feast of non stop workshops and presentations, slide shows and films, how-to sessions and skill shares, and a free space for spontaneous creation of events, actions and expressions. Its not important what art is but what it does, and right now it has the potential to turn the crisis of cuts into an opportunity for change.

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Alternative Culture

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM LIMITED EDITION ARTWORK

Luibov Popova Untitled Textile Design on William Morris Wallpaper for HM 2010 by David Mabb

The artist David Mabb has created an artwork especially for Historical Materialism. Titled: Luibov Popova Untitled Textile Design on William Morris wallpaper for HM 2010, the print is issued in a run of 100. Mabb’s picture is made by screen printing a textile design by Luibov Popova in red and black over a section of William Morris wallpapers including: Fruit, Willow Boughs, Trellis, Brier Rabbit, Medway and Daisy. As a consequence of the different wallpapers employed and the registration process each work will be unique. The prints measures 52.5 x 70 cm., and each one is signed and numbered by the artist. To see the image go to: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/mabb-print)

The artwork is available for purchase at the price of £75 (unframed, postage not included when applicable) and can be ordered by writing to historicalmaterialism@soas.ac.uk or obtained directly at the 7th London Historical Materialism Conference: ‘Crisis and Critique’ (SOAS, London 11th-14th November).

We hope you will see this as an opportunity to acquire a fascinating artwork and to support HM.

Mabb regularly reworks the artistic imagery of Marxism to produce starting new configurations. In this print he combines William Morris’s hand-made natural imagery, with the abstract machine aesthetics of the Russian Constructivists. In their own time, Morris and Popova were thwarted by economic realities; Morris’s designs proved too expensive for the working people he wished to reach, while the fledgling USSR proved unable to support the transformation of everyday life envisaged by Popova and her fellow Constructivists. Mabb reanimates these remnants of Marxist history fusing the legacies in lively and beautiful images for our time.

David Mabb is a widely exhibited artist and Reader in Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. He regularly exhibits at the Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto and in 2004 he curated William Morris “ministering to the swinish luxury of the rich” at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. Recent exhibitions include: The Decorating Business, Oakville Galleries, Ontario; The Hall of the Modern, The Economist, London; Morris in Jaipur: The work of Art in the Context of Hand-made Reproduction, Mandawa Haveli, Jaipur, part of Jaipur Heritage International Festival, touring to The British Council Gallery, New Delhi; Art into Everyday Life, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius; and A Miniature Retrospective and Rhythm 69, Jugendstilsenteret/Kunstmuseet Kube, Alesund, Norway. He is exhibiting The Morris Kitsch Archive at Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts until December 2010.

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Modernism

culturalstudies – A new Podcast by Toby Miller

The new podcast, ‘culturalstudies’, began this month, produced by Toby Miller.

The people involved thus far, each with a program devoted to their work, are:

Doug Kellner
Sarah Banet-Weiser
Tiffany López
Ellen Seiter
Bill Grantham
David Theo Goldberg
Plus the latest is a conversation with Armida de la Garza, Germán Gil Curiel, and Israel Tonatiuh Lay on Mexican Film (this conversation is in Spanish, the others are in English)

One can hear the podcasts at http://culturalstudies.podbean.com  or subscribe at the iTunes store, under ‘culturalstudies’

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