Sunday, October 28, 2012

situationalism / dérive / debord / industrial poetry
dérive : 'drifting, unpremeditated journeys through actually existing cities in order to experience rapid, aimless and unpredictable changes of environment' {Peter Wollen, The Situationalist International}
'In a dérive one or more persons during a certain period drop their relations, their work and leisure activities, and all their other usual motives for movement and action, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there. Chance is a less important factor in this activity than one might think: from a dérive point of view cities have psychogeographical contours, with constant currents, fixed points and vortexes that strongly discourage entry into or exit from certain zones....The spatial field of a dérive may be precisely delimited or vague, depending on whether the goal is to study a terrain or to emotionally disorient oneself. It should not be forgotten that these two aspects of dérives overlap in so many ways that it is impossible to isolate one of them in a pure state. ...importantly, a dérive often takes place within a deliberately limited period of a few hours, or even fortuitously during fairly brief moments; or it may last for several days without interruption. In spite of the cessations imposed by the need for sleep, certain dérives of a sufficient intensity have been sustained for three or four days, or even longer.' {Guy Debord, Theory of the Dérive (essay)}

Pinot-Gallizio : industrial poetry
Debord 'Society of the Spectacle'
fragmentation of everyday life -- labor, false unity, passive consumption, alienated workers, can change through consciousness

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