Ken Wark – A (Post) Situationist, (Pre) Situationist Aesthetics
A talk by Professor McKenzie Wark of the New School for Social Research, NYC
The New School for Social Research
There can of course be no such thing as a Situationist aesthetics, there can only be one that anticipates the realization and overcoming of the aesthetic into everyday life. Hence our topic is necessarily Pre-Situationist aesthetics. The particular examples I want to talk about are Debord’s films of the 70s: Society of the Spectacle and Refutation of All Judgements. Based on interviews with Debord’s film editor, I will talk about the process by which these films were made, but also how they are something more than theory texts illustrated with détourned images. There’s a critical logic to the editing as well. These films were of course made after the dissolution of the Situationist International, and so in that sense are post-Situationist.
Location: 137, Richard Hoggart Building
Department: Centre For Cultural Studies
Time: 23 May 2013, 18:30 – 20:30