critique of separation

Guy Debord, “Réfutation de tous les jugements, tant élogieux qu'hostiles, qui ont été jusqu'ici portés sur le film «La société du spectacle»” (Refutation of All Judgements). 1975.

Critique de la séparation

This chapter, titled “Completed Separation”, emphasizes that the logic of separation is by no means a contemporary phenomenon but is a characteristic of power in general, even in its most archaic forms. Power constitutes itself by consolidating itself in a separate instance, where it appears for us as what it is: for example, in the state. but in the era of completed or achieved separation, what is singular about the nature of separation is that it no longer appears as separation; it is no longer standing over against a life —every-day life, civil society, the economic, and so on— upon which it would impose itself. Completed separation is instead a pseudoreconciliation or unity of the terms that are in conflict or contradiction in previous forms of power: “the spectacle reunites what is separate, but it reunites as separated.”

Jason E. Smith. “Missed Encounters: Critique de la séparation between the Riot and the “Young Girl.” Grey Room 52