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McKenzie Wark “The Beach beneath the Street: On the Situationist International”

Thursday, May 15, 2014
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Glassell School of Art, Ground Floor
2450 Holcombe Boulevard Map & Directions


This Core Program lecture is free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

One of the great postwar avant-gardes was the Situationist International. Formed in 1957 and disbanded in 1972, this movement defined the contours for many features of the contemporary-art world. This was of course not their ambition at all. Their aim, like any good avant-garde, was the total overcoming of the difference between art and life. In this presentation, McKenzie Wark considers the key contributions of some of the members of the Situationist International in its early days: Guy Debord, Michele Bernstein, Asger Jorn, Jacqueline De Jong, Alexander Trocchi, and Constant. This body of work points not only to certain contemporary features of both art and life but perhaps may still contain resources for imagining futures beyond them as well.

McKenzie Wark is the author of The Beach Beneath the Street (Verso), The Spectacle of Disintegration (Verso), A Hacker Manifesto (Harvard), Gamer Theory (Harvard), and other things. He teaches at The New School for Social Research in New York City.

This event is part of the Core Program's 2013–2014 lecture series. See Core Program Events for more information.


The Core Program at the Glassell School of Art receives generous funding from The Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts.

2013–2014 Core fellowships have been underwritten by The Dickson-Allen Foundation; Joan and Stanford Alexander; Leslie and Brad Bucher; The Francis L. Lederer Foundation; Meredith Long; McClain Gallery; The Powell Foundation; Tribute Goods, Karen Pulaski; The Arch and Stella Rowan Foundation, Inc.; Sean Rudolph and Brad Blume; and the Scurlock Foundation.