[Marxism] THE SPECTACLE OF DISINTEGRATION by McKenzie Wark with events in London from tomorrow May 23

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THE SPECTACLE OF DISINTEGRATION: SITUATIONIST PASSAGES OUT OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
by McKenzie Wark

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Published May 2013

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Following his acclaimed history of the Situationist International up until the late sixties, THE BEACH BENEATH THE STREET, McKenzie Wark returns with a companion volume which puts the late work of the Situationists in a broader and deeper context, charting their contemporary relevance and their deep critique of modernity. Wark builds on their work to map the historical stages of the society of the spectacle, from the diffuse to the integrated to what he calls the disintegrating spectacle. THE SPECTACLE OF DISINTEGRATION takes the reader through the critique of political aesthetics of former Situationist T.J. Clark, the Fourierist utopia of Raoul Vaneigem, Ren? Vienet's earthy situationist cinema, Gianfranco Sangunetti's pranking of the Italian ruling class, Alice-Becker Ho's account of the anonymous language of the Romany, Guy Debord's late films and his surprising work as a game designer.

At once an extraordinary counter history of radical praxis and a call to arms in the age of financial crisis and the resurgence of the streets, THE SPECTACLE OF DISINTEGRATION recalls the hidden journeys taken in the attempt to leave the twentieth century, and plots an exit from the twenty first.
The dustjacket unfolds to reveal a fold-out poster of the collaborative graphic essay combining text selected by McKenzie Wark with composition and drawings by Kevin C. Pyle.

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"Wark's readable explanation of the movement's ideas is the best I have read. " - Edwin Heathcote, In praise of BEACH BENEATH THE STREET, FINANCIAL TIMES

"A playful, smart and occasionally epigrammatic study of the Situationists ... this brilliant account is not only an essential work for our own times; it also comes with a cover that, with the minimum of manual dexterity, folds out into a collaborative graphic essay. " - John Burnside, TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

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Events with the author in London from tomorrow:
A LECTURE ON (POST) SITUATIONIST, (PRE) SITUATIONIST AESTHETICS

May 23, 6.30pm, Goldsmiths University. Full information here:

http://www.versobooks.com/events/665-the-spectacle-of-disintegration-a-post-situationist-pre-situationist-aesthetics



ON DIGITAL CULTURE WITH HUW LEMMEY

May 24, 3pm, Institute of Contemporary Art. Full information here:

http://www.versobooks.com/events/632-the-spectacle-of-disintegration-on-digital-culture



BOOK LAUNCH WITH RICHARD BARBROOK

May 25, 4pm, Furtherfield Gallery. Full information here:

http://www.versobooks.com/events/664-the-spectacle-of-disintegration-situationist-passages-out-of-the-20th-century



THE REVENGE OF THE SITUATIONISTS WITH MICH?LE BERNSTEIN AND JAQUELINE DE JONG

May 26, 6pm, Southbank Centre. Full information here:

http://www.versobooks.com/events/646-the-revenge-of-the-situationists

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ISBN: 9781844679577 / Hardback / $26.95 / ?16.99 / $28.50CAN / 256 Pages

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