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August 2003

A couple of typographical errors in the chronology have been corrected, the links have been updated, and the site search should be working again (thanks Spud). A new section devoted to the English Heatwave group, comprising future situationists Christopher Gray and Charles Radcliffe, has been added, and the following texts have been uploaded:

Freedom: The Only Cause Worth Serving (1966)

The Seeds of Social Destruction - Radcliffe (1966)

All or Not at All! - Gray & Radcliffe (1966)


The Situationist International and After, an exhibition curated by Michel Prigent and featuring lectures, film screenings and discussion forums is currently under way at London's Aquarium gallery. For details see the gallery website.

July 2003

Regular visitors to the site will have noticed an overhaul of the site's design and structure, including a new chronology section detailing the development of the Situationist International from its lettrist and Cobra roots in the immediate postwar era to its dissolution with the publication of the Theses on the SI and its Time in 1972. Sections examining the protagonists of the situationist movement and its specific terminology are currently in preparation and will be added shortly.

Similarly, the format of the updates page has been slightly changed to accomodate situationist-related news items, including information about recent publications and exhibitions, as well as updates on the activities of former situationists.

Newly added texts include:

Manifesto of the Dutch Experimental Group - Constant (1949)

Potlatch #6

Potlatch #9-10-11

Potlatch #23

Report from the Delegates Conference - Martin, Pavan, Riesel & Verlaan (1970)

For Discussion in the French Section of the SI - René Riesel (1970)

A Cavalier History of Surrealism - Raoul Vaneigem (1970)


Italian painter and sculptor Enrico Baj, a major figure in the European avant-garde of the fifties and sixties, passed away on 16 June at the age of 78. A member of the College of Pataphysics, the International Movement for an Imaginist Bauhaus and the Nuclear Art Movement, it was Baj who first introduced Asger Jorn to Potlatch in 1954. He attended the Alba Congress in September 1956, but was excluded on the first day. According to a statement issued by the Congress, "he did not make off with the cash box."


Guy Debord's Complete Cinematic Works has just been released by AK Press. The book contains new translations by Ken Knabb of all of Debord's films, along with technical notes and other related documents. For further information and excerpts see the Bureau of Public Secrets.

John McHale's new, fully authorized translation of Debord and Sanguinetti's The Real Split in the International is due for publication in September by Pluto Press.

Raoul Vaneigem's A Declaration of the Rights of Human Beings, translated by Liz Heron, has been scheduled for release in October, and an anthology of short texts Collection of Desires is out through Paper Street. His most recent book Pour l' abolition de la société marchande, pour une société vivante was published last year by Manuels Payot.

Antoine Coppola's Introduction au cinéma de Guy Debord et de l'avant-garde situationniste is now available from Editions Sulliver. Also in preparation by the same publisher is a new expanded edition of De la Misère en milieu étudiant.

The catalogue of Jacqueline de Jong's recent retrospective at the Cobra Museum, featuring texts in several languages by Riki Simons, Max van Rooy, Ed Wingen, Roberto Ohrt, Christophe Bourseiller and Doeschka Meysing, is now available through Ludion.

A new edition of Guy Debord's translation of Gianfranco Sanguinetti's Véridique rapport sur les chances de sauver le capitalisme en Italie is due to appear through Editions Ivrea.

Mirella Bandini's Pour une histoire du lettrisme has just been published.

Volume 3 of Debord's Correspondance was published earlier this year.