#002 091112 – 091412

When looking at the Situationist International, first understanding their position as being book-ended between the split of CIAM, TEAM X and the events of May 1968 is imperative.   After reading seemingly countless accounts of their efforts, and overwhelmed or perhaps, underwhelmed, with the explanations of qualifying a ‘select’ urban experience, I finally found the nugget of truth to their inspiration– walking around Paris in the late evening while drunk.  Pure Intuition.   Finally– the seemingly moving target of their imaginings is explained.    However, the only way I was able to digest the thousands of pages of text, I had to, for a moment, take on the character of the ‘derive’–and do a little ‘detournement.’

Working with the original ‘Naked City’ drawing by Guy Debord, I set out to ”detournement’ the drawing, as the SI had ‘graffitied’ the renaissance artworks…

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Mod #1  
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Mod #2 Stamp Operation
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The SI was critical of the consumer society that was emerging after the second World War.   I need to track down, if any exist, of works he might have produced through the 80’s.  The Society of the Spectacle on fire.  This drawing suggests the ‘branding’ of city experiences, and being applied as a stamps.
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Mod #3 Different colored ‘stamps’…done for visual clarity.

 

Save for a few moments to organize this SI research in a more detailed way, it is clearly time to move on– and move forward…


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