Debord, Time and Spectacle: Hegelian Marxism and Situationist
Keiller's method, which involves an estrangement and a transformation of the everyday, is a principally French tendency, most closely associated with the urban wanderings of the frisson-seeking Surrealists and with the Situationist
practice of the derive.
I will concentrate on notions of spatial and social displacement drawn from the Situationist
movement of the late 1950s and 1960s and ask whether--in street theatre based on a play by Shakespeare--Shakespeare's play is present or absent, living or dead; and what happens to the audience when they are confronted by this destabilizing sense of authorial loss.
The authors explore a challenge to this view, which extends the so-called situationist
challenge to virtue ethics.
Further, Pinder analyses Guy Debord's Situationist
maps which sought new alternative pathways by recording past and present and offering utopian blueprints.
A punk rock, blues and country techno situationist
crypto-Marxist-Leninist electro pop band".
It is within this context that Gilman-Opalsky attempts to situate the Communist Manifesto for today's audience, realities, and experiences, using the methodological technique developed by the French Situationists
(an artistic-political organisation) under Guy Debord called detournement (meaning re-routing or hijacking) (Situationist
International, 1958, http://www.
Many of the chapters are relatively self-contained monographs on one Situationist
project or preoccupation or another.
The important insight of the Situationist
Movement was the idea, that spatial structures are able to "activate" citizens and encourage them to take part in the constructing urban surroundings.
Donald Nicholson-Smith's completely new translation highlights the two different ideas of the Situationist
International movement and brings to life one side of this argument from two books published in 1967 just prior to the upheavals in France.
The understanding of the relation between the mechanization of life and the deadening temporality that comes with it that, as Conrad Russell notes, reaches from Romanticist attempts to escape the reification of life through Surrealists such as Andre Breton, to Walter Benjamin, to Henri Lefebvre, to the Situationist
International, to Paul Virilio's contemporary theorization of speed (Russell 2002), is thus staged in Ballard's novels through a set of class-based contemporary time-space configurations.
Even if the situationist
challenge to virtue ethics succeeds, we have pragmatic reason to attribute virtues to people.