Situationism & Automation - a conversation



Syndikalistiskt Forum, Göteborg


With and Against:the Situationist International in the Age of Automation

The situationist wave cannot be stopped, the masses are screaming for a revolution of everyday life. Syndicalist Forum invites Dominique Routhier to present his book With and Against the Situationist International in the Age of Automation. Dominique is a post-doctoral researcher at University of Southern Denmark., and the book performs a recontextualization of the Situationist International"s activities based on the emergence of a cybernetic societal system. After the presentation of the book, Dominique and a member from the radical avant-garde Svarta Räkan will discuss the book further, but the conversation will also focus on situationist practice.

Boredom is counter-revolutionary

Where Linnégatan 21

When Doors open at 18.00, talk starts at 18.30

About the book The little-known story of the Situationist International’s struggle against the automation of everyday life

No other art movement has so profoundly influenced radical politics as the Situationist International. But beyond the clichés about its purported leader Guy Debord, the society of the spectacle, détournement and dérive, lies a more complex story about key historical shifts in the composition of capital, work, labor, art, and revolutionary theory during the 1950s and 60s.

With and Against reframes the history of the Situationist International as a struggle to come to terms with the then-emerging ideologies of cybernetics and automation. Through each of the book"s four chapters, Dominique Routhier dissects Situationist pamphlets, documents, artworks, and objects that refract elements of a cybernetic hypothesis the theoretically hyperbolic belief that technological progress, computers and automation make class struggle and the idea of revolution obsolete.

With equal attention to aesthetic detail and to the broader contours of political economy, this book serves as a critical intervention in art history as well a call to reconsider, more broadly, the contemporary lessons of the most political of all artistic avantgardes.


Syndikalistiskt Forum
Linnégatan 21
413 04 Göteborg