De la Misère en milieu féministe ou la pouffiasserie à visage humain [1977]

[Les Affranchies du Vieux Monde]. De la Misère en milieu féministe ou la pouffiasserie à visage humain. n.p. [Paris, France]: Les Emissions des Femmes, November 1977. 31 p.; ill.; 14 x 25 cm; printed black cover with text in pink.

Modeled after  Mustapha Khayati’s famed De la Misère en milieu étudiant (Strasbourg: AFGES, 1966), this Situ-inspired pamphlet offers a violent attack on identity politics in the aftermath of May 1968. The text opens with: “Nous pouvons affirmer sans grand risque de nous tromper que la femme « émancipée » est, à l’encontre du policier, du prêtre et de l’étudiant, l’être le plus universellement adulé” (1977), which is an echo to Khayati’s “Nous pouvons affirmersans grand risque de nous tromper, que l’étudiant en France est, après le policier et le prêtre, l’être le plus universellement méprisé” (1966). Overall, the authors, argue that so-called “liberation movements” alienate individuals by confining them to new roles within the capitalist system.

Excerpts of this text are available here: http://golemfuturo.blogspot.com/2011/11/de-la-misere-en-milieu-feministe.html . Because the full text isn’t available online, we have reproduced it in it entirety below.

Referenced in Marcolini (Le mouvement situationnistE) p. 292 and Guy Debord : un art de la guerre p. 220.

We locate 3 copies on OCLC (IISG, BNF, Nanterre).

Note: For legal reasons, we had no choice but to censor p.16. 

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Ron Hunt – Interview with BB [1969]

[HUNT, Ron]. [Interview with BB] [aka New tremors are running through the atmosphere, all we need is the courage to face them] [aka Bash Street magazine #1]. n.p. [London]: n.p. [Bricks from the Klin], n.d. [2015]. 1 p. (two-sided); ill.; 43.5 x 26.5 cm.

Facsimile reprint of the 1969 free broadside by Ron Hunt, which relates to the Poetry must be made by all! / Transform the world! exhibition that was held in the Moderna Museet, Stockholm in 1969. Ron Hunt explains: “The gallery itself was a space for people to gather and discuss revolutionary ideas, which was Hulten’s idea…The Black Panthers were there, they were in exile in Stockholm. There was also a left wing bookshop in Stockholm, it was another of Hulten’s ideas to ask them in and to let them set up in the middle of the show. There were lectures on May’68 and theatre groups etc. I designed the poster for the exhibition with a detourned Brigitte Bardot and Hulten designed the catalogue. (I’d also done a free broadsheet called Interview with BB, which I was fond of.)” (Interview with Ron Hunt in Bricks from the Kiln #1, December 2015).

The broadside consists of a detourned image of Brigitte Bardot on one side, and a fictional interview with the actress (where she discusses May 68 and the Situationists) as well as a comic strip about unruly children on the other side.

We locate no OCLC copy, though there is a copy in the collection of Andrew Burgin (see Tanya Loi, We Make Revolution in Our Spare Time: The history and legacy of the Situationist International, 2019).

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Situationistisk Revolution 2 – Elendigheden i studentens milieu [1968]

[Situationistisk Internationale]. Situationistisk Revolution 2 – Elendigheden i studentens milieu. Randers (Denmark): S.I., November 1968. 48 p.; ill.; 21 x 14.5 cm.; ill. Cream wrappers with text in black

Second (and rarest) issue of Situationistisk Revolution, the journal of the Scandinavian section of the SI. Bernstein, Debord, Khayati, Vaneigem and Vienet are listed as members of the editorial committee, with J.V. Martin as editor-in-chief. This issue largely consists in a translation of De La Misere en Milieu Etudiant into Danish as Elendigheden i studentens milieu (p.5-31). However, other items are included: an original collage by J.V. Martin (p.32), reproduction of Situationist broadsides (p.33-36), a translation of Definition Minimum des Organisations Revolutionnaires and several leaflets from the CMDO (p.37-45), a list of publications by the Scandinavian section of the SI (p.46), and a translation of Debord’s Theses sur la Revolution culturelle (p.47-48).

See below for past blog entries on other issues/items related to Situationistik Revolution.

Scarce, with no copies found on OCLC (librairies only own issue 1 & 3)

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Constant – Amsterdam (1961)

CONSTANT (Nieuwenhuys). Constant – AmsterdamBochum: Stadtische Kunstgalerie, 1961. n.p. [72 p.]; ill.; 26 x 26 cm.; ill. black wrappers with text in grey.

Catalog of Constant’s exhibition at Stadtische Galerie in Bochum, held from March 4 to April 9, 1961. includes a list of 60 exhibited works, and an introductory essay on New Babylon by Constan (New Babylon: das experimentelle Denk-und Spielmodell/New Babylon: the experimental think and play model). Text in German.

A superb large format catalog. See https://stichtingconstant.nl/exhibition/constant-amsterdam

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Ralph Rumney – The Leaning Tower of Venice [1959-60]

RUMNEY, Ralph. The Leaning Tower of Venice, Pt. 1. (in ARK 24: The Journal of the Royal College of Art). London, Autumn 1959. ca. 64 p. [48 numbered]; 21.5 x 27 cm.; ill. Oranger cover with holes (Fontana)

RUMNEY, Ralph. The Leaning Tower of Venice, Pt. 2. (in ARK 25: The Journal of the Royal College of Art). London, Spring 1960. ca. 64 p. [48 numbered]; 21.5 x 27 cm.; ill. B&W wrappers with text in black

RUMNEY, Ralph. The Leaning Tower of Venice, Pt. 3. (in ARK 26: The Journal of the Royal College of Art). London, Summer 1960. ca. 64 p. [52 numbered]; 21.5 x 27 cm.; ill. Silver wrappers with text in black

Ralph Rumney’s The Leaning Tower of Venice is the account of the author’s psychogeographic journey through La Serenissima. It consists of 128 unique photographs (shot by Rumney) overlaid with text, leveraging the technique of collage and detournement.

Initially, the innovative work was to be published in the first issue of Internationale Situationniste in 1958. However, Rumney missed the editorial deadline (see Correspondence with Debord from March 1958) which ultimately led to his exclusion from the Situationist International. The latter was announced in the inaugural issue of the SI’s journal, through a ‘fake obituary’ and account of the project’s ‘failure’ entitled “Venice has vanquished Ralph Rumney”Venice has vanquished Ralph Rumney”.

It took over 40 years for this important work to be published in book form. Silverbridge issued a limited edition of The Leaning Tower of Venice in 2002. The book is based on the photographs taken at the exhibition On the Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time: The Situationist International, 1957-72, held at the ICA, London, in 1989.

The Museum del Camminare in Venice has made the full text (high-quality scans) available here.

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Perché il Movimento Internazionale per una Bauhaus Immaginista è necessario [1956]

Movimento Internazionale per una ‘Bauhaus Imaginista. Perché il Movimento Internazionale per una Bauhaus Immaginista è necessarion.p. [Alba, Italy]: M.I.B.I, n.d. [1956]. 1 p. (two sided); 22 x 30 cm; black ink on green stock.

Leaflet that presents the 27 key theses of the Imaginist Bauhaus. Aalso features “Perchè la Bauhaus e’ cosi importante?” reprinted from Bauhaus 1919-1928.

For more on the MIBI, see our earliest posts this week as well the Notes on the Formation of an Imaginist Bauhaus

We locate a single OCLC copy at Yale’s Beinecke Library.

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New Babylon Bulletin [1967]

CONSTANT (Nieuwenhuys). New Babylon Bulletin – nummer 1Amsterdam, January 1967. 13 p.; ill.; 21 x 30 cm.; black ink on white stock. Stapled, with pages printed on one side only.

First (and only) issue of this scarce publication, comprised of the single article “Traffic in towns”. The issue ends with a reference to the autosaurus, and a copy of Jacobs’s technical drawing is included.

In his Situationist City, Simon Sadler explains: “And so, in his New Babylon Bulletin, Debord’s one-time situationist colle Continue reading

PSA – We Make Revolution in Our Spare Time: The history and legacy of the Situationist International [2019]

LOI, Tanya. We Make Revolution in Our Spare Time: The history and legacy of the Situationist Internationaln.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.

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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

I.S. – Laboratorio Sperimentale [1957]

Laboratorio Sperimentale dell’Internazionale Situazionista. I.S. – Laboratorio Sperimentale – Alba [WRITING PAPER]Alba: Laboratorio Sperimentale, n.d. [1957]. 21 x 30 cm.; black ink on white stock

Laboratorio Sperimentale dell’Internazionale Situazionista. I.S. – Laboratorio Sperimentale – Alba [ENVELOPE]Alba: Laboratorio Sperimentale, n.d. [1957]. 14 x 17 cm.; black ink on white stock

Original writing paper and envelope for the “Laboratorio Sperimentale dell’Internazionale Situazionista” in Alba, which was active from 1957-60.

Pinot Gallizio et il Laboratorio Sperimentale d’Alba del Movimento Internazionale per una Bauhaus Imaginista (1955-57) e dell’Internazionale Situazionista (1957-60) – the excellent catalog of the exhibition held at Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna in Torino from 28 May to 15 July 1974 – provides plenty of detail on Pinot Gallizio’s years with the laboratory. An excellent article by Mirella Bandini (in Italian) goes into more detail here

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