Ken Wark, Situationist International, December 11

Thursday Night 12.11.08 — McKenzie Wark — Talk/Discussion —
50 Years of Recuperation: The Situationist International 1957-2008

16 Beaver Group
16 Beaver Street
Fourth Floor
New York, NY 10004

The Situationist International (1957-1972) bequeathed many key concepts
to us, including psychogeography, 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.

McKenzie Wark is the author, among other things, of A Hacker Manifesto
(Harvard UP 2004), Gamer Theory (Harvard 2007) and most recently 50
Years of Recuperation of the Situationist International (Princeton
2008). He is the chair of Culture & Media Studies at Eugene Lang College
the New School for Liberal Studies.

By Subway:
4,5 Bowling Green
R,W Whitehall
1,2 Wall Street
J,M Broad Street
A,C Broadway

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This event is free and open to the public

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