Ken Wark on the SI — 50 Years of Recuperation

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Date/Time: 03/10/2007 12:00 am

The Buell Evening Lecture
50 Years of Recuperation:
What is Living and What is Dead in the Situationist International
McKenzie Wark
Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at Eugene Lang College
and of Sociology at the New Social Research
Wednesday, October 3, 6:30 pm
Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall, Columbia University
The Situationist International (1957-1972) bequeathed many key concepts
to us, including pyschogeography, 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.
Buell Evening Lecture sponsored by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
This lecture is presented as part of The FORuM PROJECT, a two-year
program dedicated to exploring relationships between form, politics, and
contemporary life.
McKenzie Wark is the author of Gamer Theory (1997); A Hacker Manifesto
(2004);Virtual Geography: Living with Global Media Events (1997)

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