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Spectacular Capitalism Release Party and Presentation
Saturday June 25th @ 7PM @ X Marks the Bökship
210/ Unit 3 Cambridge Heath Road London E2 9NQ

Over the past forty years the ideas and practices of Guy Debord and the Situationist International have become a constant reference point for those involved in radical politics, the arts, and cultural theory. Despite this ubiquity Debord’s work has been reduced to a palatable cliché rather than being used as a tool for crafting an ongoing practice of critique and engagement. Come on join us to celebrate the release of Richard Gilman-Opalsky’s new book, Spectacular Capitalism: Guy Debord and the Practice of Radical Philosophy, as we excavate this potential from the historical wreckage.

Drawing on the work of Guy Debord, Gilman-Opalsky argues that the theory of practice and practice of theory are superseded by upheavals that do the work of philosophy. Spectacular Capitalism makes the case not only for a new philosophy of praxis, but for praxis itself as the delivery mechanism for philosophy – for the field of human action, of contestation and conflict, to raise directly the most irresistible questions about the truth and morality of the existing state of affairs.

Swiss Author p.m. Introduces New Edition of His Anarchist Classic, "bolo'bolo"
7 PM Saturday, June 25, 2011
Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen Street, New York City

The Swiss author p.m. will introduce the new "30th Anniversary Edition" of his anarchist classic text, "bolo'bolo," published by Autonomedia.

The Beach Beneath the Street Release Party NYC June 8
June 8 at 8PM @ Spoonbill & Sugartown 218 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn 11211

Over fifty years after the Situationist International appeared, its legacy continues to inspire activists, artists and theorists around the world. Such a legend has accrued to this movement that the story of the SI now demands to be told in a contemporaryvoice capable of putting it into the context of twenty-first-century struggles.

McKenzie Wark presents his new book The Beach Beneath the Street A Fresh Historyof the Situationist International(Verso, 2011) on Wednesday night, Admission is Free but Seating is Limited. For info please call or email sugar@spoonbillbooks.com!

Art Gangs: Protest and Counterculture in New York City
Release party @ ABC No Rio // Tues May 17 6-8pm

ABC No Rio 156 Rivington Street

Art Gangs is a survey of several recent well known artists’ organizations in New York City which rose to prominence between 1969 and 1985, a period of political challenge and institutional change within the art world. In 1969 New York City artists formed the Art Workers Coalition to pressure the Museum of Modern Art for artists' rights and to take a stand against the Vietnam War. Over the next fifteen years, successor organizations continued political action on issues from cultural equity to U.S. foreign policy, and refined the modes of cultural activism. These groups developed new art exhibition spaces, new styles of exhibition, and collective ways of working. Today's diverse and politically conscious contemporary art world is deeply indebted to their example.

The Anarchist Turn
May 5th-6th, 2011

Philosophy Department, The New School for Social Research
The Hannah Arendt and Reiner Schürmann Symposium in Political Philosophy
Theresa Lang Center | 55 W. 13th St. | Mezzanine Level

For a long time, the word “anarchist” has been used as an insult. This is because, at least since Thomas Hobbes, the concept of anarchy has been extended from its etymological meaning (absence of centralized government) to that of pure disorder - the idea being that, without a sovereign state, the life of individuals can only be brutish, miserable, and chaotic. This move was certainly functional to the ideological justification of modern sovereign states, but not to an understanding of what anarchy might be.

In the last decade, this caricature of anarchy has begun to crack. Globalization and the social movements it spawned seem to have proved what anarchists have long been advocating: an anarchical order is not just desirable, but also feasible. This has led to a revitalized interest in the subterranean anarchist tradition and its understanding of anarchy as collective self-organization without centralized authority. But the ban on “anarchism” has not yet been lifted.

"Debord, Secrecy & Politics"
Jack Bratich

When: 7.00 pm, Tuesday 03.15.11
Who: Free and open to all
Where: 16 Beaver Street 4th floor
What: Discussion/Presentation

This Tuesday night, on the Ides of March, we will be welcoming thinker,
writer, and frequent contributor to the space, Jack Bratich, to introduce
and lead a discussion on Guy Debord's seminal yet relatively overlooked
'Comments on the Society of the Spectacle.'

Written prior to the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc,
Guy Debord’s short, cryptic book 'Comments …' (originally titled Treatise
on Secrets, and not to be confused with the original Society of the
Spectacle) presciently speaks of terrorism, pre-emption, organized
insecurity, unspecified enemies, infiltration of opposition, and ever
pervasive covert operations.

POTOSÍ PRINCIPLE WORKSHOPS October 8–9, 2010 Haus der Kulturen der Welt John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10 10557 Berlin

Admission is free, but please register at anmeldung-arbeitstage@hkw.de.

Chris Knight, Hillel Ticktin and William Dixon debate:


Thursday 21 January, 7.15pm, Room B102, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, Thornaugh St. WC1 (Russell Sq. tube).

At the next election millions will vote for pro-capitalist political parties that offer little except cutbacks and austerity. Despite economic crisis, climate chaos and disastrous wars, people see no alternative to capitalism - and revolution seems, at best, an impossible dream.

‘Talk to us not about us’ Abahlali baseMjondolo in Hackney, London 4 & 5 September 2009

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Abahlali baseMjondolo the shack dwellers movement from South Africa visit Hackney

BENEFIT Fri 4 Sept 7.30pm-2am@ the Belgrade Social Centre, 2a Belgrade Rd, London N16 8DJ

Films and discussion with representatives from the South African shack dwellers’ movement, followed by uplifting African music from Jally Kebba Susso (kora master), Kodjovi Kush from the Soothsayers, Jah Warrior and Bubble-Wap featuring Isa GT.

“A slow revolution from below fought day by day across the country.” - S’bu Zikode, President of the Shack Dwellers Movement


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