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Situationist Reading Group

We'll be meeting this Saturday at 1pm
any anarchist/marxist/situationist/activist readers our there interested in forming a group to gather in portland around reading and discussing situationist texts?

"Once one controls the mechanism which operates the only form of social verification to be fully and universally recognized, one can say what one likes. The spectacle proves its arguments simply by going round in circles: by coming back to the start, by repetition, by constant reaffirmation in the only space left where anything can be publicly affirmed, and believed, precisely because that is the only thing to which everyone is witness. Spectacular power can similarly deny whatever it likes, once, or three times over, and change the subject; knowing full well there is no danger of any riposte, in its own space or any other.

"For the agora, the general community, has gone, along with communities restricted to intermediary bodies or to independant institutions, to salons or cafes, or to workers in a single company. There is no place left where people can discuss the realities which concern them, because they can never lastingly free themselvese form the crushing presence of media discourse and of the various forces organized to relay it."

Guy Debord 1988 from Comments on the Society of the Spectacle

be realistic, demand the impossible!

We'll be meeting this Saturday at 1pm at the Red&Black. You are welcome.

for info. email Avalon at   situationistreader@yahoo.com



Portland Situationist Study Group
mission and bibliography draft 1.14.05

Mission:
To facilitate the study and open discussion of compelling Situationist theories and engage in open yet focused unlimited speculation regarding these theories, as historical practice and as living critique. To both facilitate a community of dialogue and to catalyze action, given the gravity of the times in which we live and the conflict such activity antagonizes in the dominant relations of our current society.

We hope for the participation of people from the radical mileau, but especially seek those from outside it, to spread farther the awareness and critique of the Spectacle as a compelling truth.

How:
Remaining open to diverse forms of dialogue and understanding. The group may do what it pleases: hopefully engaging in simultaneous "homework" readings, readings at gatherings of both text and reports of interest written by and for the group itself, and open dialogue and discussion structured or not.

When:
Regular meetings are ideal.

Possible Bibliography:
Society of the Spectacle Guy Debord
Comments on the Society of the Spectacle Guy Debord
Selected text from the Situationist International
The Revolution of Everyday Live Raoul Vaneigem
Other—
Overviews and reports on the past and present use of Situtationist techniques and strategies (to be explored)
Peripheral Situationist, Post-situ and Proto-situ (etc.) texts (to be explored)
Diverse subjects or themes based on level of interest or type of direction: Some Knabb stuff? Situationist influence in music (?!) punk detournement etc. (to be explored)
Screening of video of film Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord

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