May 2, 2013
The ever wonderful Ubuweb has managed to wrangle some pdfs of original SI publications. In French, but great to get a sense of layout and how the SI used imagery, something entirely lost in Knabb’s Anthology.
March 10, 2013
I’ve finally finished my re-working of Debord’s film. Might be of interest to readers.
March 5, 2013
February 4, 2013
I’ve just finished re-subtitling two of Debord’s early films, which include some additional info excluded of other versions online, as well as much better readability. Enjoy!
December 16, 2012
Below are terms as elaborated in Bifo’s new book The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance
Abstraction – When Marx talks about abstract labor, he is referring to the separation of a worker’s activity from concrete usefulness, which is what happens under capitalism. The use-value of the worker’s product is only a step toward the real thing which is value, which is surplus value…The capitalist cares only about how much value his work can produce in a given unit of time. This is the beginning process of capitalist abstraction.
In the late-modern phase of capitalism, digital abstraction adds a second layer to capitalist abstraction: transformation and production no longer happen in the field of bodies, and material manipulation, but in the field of interoperativity between informational machines. Information takes the place of things, and the body is canceled from the field of communication.
We then have a third level of abstraction, which is financial abstraction. Finance means that the process of valorization no longer passes through the stage of use value, or even the production of goods (physical or semiotic.) (104) Read the rest of this entry »
November 26, 2012
2001 Film by The Imaginary Party aka Tiqqun, with accompanying script below.
to the lost children:
[Long sequence of multiple people dining at a cafe sitting on the same bar stool facing the street through a diner window. Each person is filmed from outside, unaware of the cameraperson.]
Voice 1 (masculine):
The great social body of Empire, the great big social body of Empire, which is like an enormous round jellyfish beached on all the roundness of the earth… …is implanted with electrodes.
Hundreds, thousands… such an unbelievable number of electrodes, and such a variety of different types that they don’t even seem like electrodes. There’s the TV electrode, of course, but there’s also the money electrode, the pharmaceutical electrode, and the Jeune-Fille electrode. With those thousands and millions of electrodes, so many kinds that I can’t even count them, they manage the dull encephalogram of the imperial metropolis. It’s through these mostly imperceptible channels, that they transmit, second by second, the information, the mental states, the affects and the counter-affects that prolong our universal sleep. Not to mention all the receptors that are attached to the electrodes. The journalists, sociologists, cops, intellectuals, professors and other agents who… incomprehensibly… have been delegated with the task of supervising the activity of the electrodes. Read the rest of this entry »
August 7, 2012
I wanted to pass along a new site I’ve spent a few days putting together: Situationist Film.
If you follow this site you know I have been (ever so slowly) trying to finish my remake of Debord’s film version of The Society of the Spectacle, and in researching past works of the SI and related groups like the Lettrists, I’ve decided to try and archive some of that research. The site is in process, but I think fills a hole in the numerous sites dedicated to the SI in English.
On a related note, I’ve migrated the previous post into a page on this site, which I’ll continue to update as I discover new texts and attempt to make it as comprehensive of a SI related library as possible, since most archives are dedicated to only SI texts, and not works on or influenced by SI. That page can be viewed here.
January 29, 2012
I’ve been working on re-working Guy Debord’s 1973 film version of The Society of the Spectacle, (more to come)
And for some additional fun, I’ve put together several texts about the Situationists, as well as some other peripheral texts about May 68 and the Lettrists that you might enjoy! I know I will. Thanks to aaaaarg for most these great finds!
Situationist Inernational Online
Situationist International Anthology (BOP)
June 21, 2011
“Our future, Berardi argues, has come and gone; the concept has lost its usefulness. Now it’s our responsibility to decide what comes next.”
Gary Genesko directed this teaser video in which Bifo discusses the new book, After the Future.
I’ve taken a little time to transcribe the video, forgive any minor mistakes and mediocre grammar.
AFTER THE FUTURE
You know, all along the modern times the myth of the future has been connected to the myth of energy; think about Faust, for instance. This idea that the future is energy: more and more and more. More speed, more strength, more consumption, more things, more violence. Futurism is the point of passage, the final step to full modernity, and futurism is the exaltation of violence, of despising the woman, for instance. The woman is weakness, is senselessness, is feebleness. Everything the modern energy wants to forget about: forget the woman, despise the woman, exalt war, exalt violence, exalt acceleration. This is futurism.
May 23, 2011
Here are the contents:
I. Finding ourselves, Finding each other
Imaginary Committee, Communiqué no.2 | To Our Friends
Anonymous, Some passing thoughts on the Berkeley and Santa Cruz occupations, from someone who was there briefly
Inoperative Committee, Preoccupied: The Logic of Occupation
Research and Destroy, Communiqué from an Absent Future: On the Terminus of Student Life
Brian Holmes, Research and Destroy, and Dead Labor, Communiqué from an Absent Future—Further discussion
Unicommon, Invent the Future, Reverse the Present
Francesco Raparelli, From Tute Bianche to the Book Bloc
II. Further Analysis
Alberto De Nicola and Gigi Roggero, Eight Theses on University, Hierarchization and Institutions of the Common
Christopher Newfield and Edu-factory Collective, The Corporate University and the Financial Crisis: What is Going On?
Jeffrey Williams, The Pedagogy of Debt
George Caffentzis, The Student Loan Debt Abolition Movement in the U.S.
George Caffentzis and Silvia Federici, notes on Edu-factory and Cognitive Capitalism
III. Strategies, Tactics and notes Toward an Overflow
Stefano Harney and Fred Moten, “The University and the Undercommons
Edu-factory Collective,All Power to Self-Education!
Gerald Raunig, Instituent Practices: Fleeting, Instituting, Transforming
Brian Holmes, Extradisciplinary Investigations. Towards a New Critique of Institutions
Brian Holmes, Articulating the Cracks in World Power: Interview with 16 Beaver
Joan Miguel Gual and Francesco Salvini of Universidad Nómada, Be Network, My Friend
[Appendix] Notes Toward Lessons Learned
Manuela Zechner, Movement, Learning: A few Reflections on the Exciting UK Winter 2010
Anonymous, No Conclusions When Another World is Unpopular
Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, Lesson of Insurrection: A Call to Revolt on a European Scale