Forty-five years since the momentous events of May 1968 that brought Paris to a standstill, what happened to one of the movement's key players, the Situationist International?
The Spectacle of Disintegration is McKenzie Wark's follow-up to his colourful history The Beach Beneath the Street. It traces the group's trajectory after their disbandment following that historical watershed.
Wark recalls the hidden journeys taken by the group in their failed attempt to leave the twentieth century, and plots an exit from the twenty-first. He is joined by Michèle Bernstein, a founding member of the Situationist International, and Jacqueline de Jong, who joined the group in 1960 through her involvement with Gruppe SPUR and friendship with Asger Jorn.
Michèle Bernstein is author of La Nuit. The English translation, The Night, with a new preface by the author, is published by Book Works (2013) as part of a project with Everyone Agrees. Jacqueline de Jong is an artist. Between 1962 and 1968 she edited and published The Situationist Times.
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