LOI, Tanya. We Make Revolution in Our Spare Time: The history and legacy of the Situationist International. n.p. [United Kingdom]: Public Reading Rooms, 2019. 80 p.; ill.; 19 x 25 cm.; ill. Cover with Return of the Durutti Column comic.
This newest opus on the SI and its aftermath is most notable for contributions by Ron & Anna Hunt, as well as an interview by former King Mob member Dick Pountain. Also included are interviews with two Situationist collectors: Andrew Burgin and yours truly, Mehdi E.H. (the latter included here: Interview 2019 (in book)) Of particular interest to those who want to learn more about the SI in Britain and its influence on British arts, culture and politics more broadly.
Copies are available for £15 + shipping (£2-6 depending on destination). Please reach out to me or directly to Tanya (tanyaloi AT hotmail DOT com) for oders.
From back cover:
We make revolution in our spare time explores the ideas, impact and ephemera of the Situationists. This beautifully illustrated work provides an overdue reassessment of this influential yet little-known counter-cultural movement – fifty years since the publication of two seminal Situationist texts, Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle and Raoul Vaneigem’s The Revolution of Everyday Life.
This fascinating compilation opens a window onto the movement through documenting one of the largest private collections of material relating to the Situationist International, its UK offshoot King Mob, and their successors. Gathered over a ten year period by collector Andrew Burgin, this archive spans six decades of rare material; it provides a remarkable insight into the avant-garde SI and its influence on subsequent counter-cultural movements, including the student revolutions of May’68 in Paris and London, and the Punk movement of the late ’70s.
Artist and author Tanya Loi, who catalogued the collection, delineates the long shadow cast by the Situationist International over so many of the cultural and artistic developments of the late 20th century and right up to the present day.
The compilation is enhanced by Loi’s inclusion of interviews with Dick Pountain on King Mob, Situationist collector Mehdi E.H., texts by writer Ron Hunt, artwork by embroidery artist Anna Hunt and Punk contributions by Nick Cash, Mark Helfond and Paul Tinman