situationist poster

My thoughts have been replaced by moving images…(I should probably turn of the television)

A Situationist International detourned poster representing the society of the spectacle.

The Situationist International was formed in 1957 as a merger between the International Movement for an Imaginist Bauhaus, headed by Asger Jorn and the Lettrist International headed by Guy Debord. The Situationists were highly politicised at a time when it was fashionable for avant-gardes to separate from social revolt and the group believed that the “…strict professionalism of architects and design led to a sterilisation of spontaneity and playfulness.” The group had anti-rationalist and anti-consumerist philosophies which are constantly contrasted to many of Le Corbusier’s works throughout the book; one notable example being from the memoires of Guy Debord and Asger Jorn, likening the plan of a prison workhouse as a damning metaphor for their experience of modernity. Many of these anti-modernist opinions stem from Debord’s ideas on an ideal urbanism as a “…projection in space of a social hierarchy without conflict…” and from the belief that technology implemented into modern bureaucratised capitalism reduces people’s independence and creativity.