The Spectacle of Disintegration: Situationist Passages out of the Twentieth Century

Overview

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 ...

See more details below
Hardcover (New Edition)
$20.48
BN.com price
(Save 24%)$26.95 List Price
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (13) from $15.69   
  • New (10) from $15.69   
  • Used (3) from $15.74   
The Spectacle of Disintegration: Situationist Passages out of the Twentieth Century

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$14.99
BN.com price
(Save 44%)$26.95 List Price

Overview

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, René 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.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this discerning and insightful companion piece to his previous book on the Situationist International, The Beach Beneath the Street, Wark examines the lives and the influence of the SI after it disintegrated in the wake of the May '68 defeat. To do this he deftly interweaves biographies and societal shifts with political and historical events, highlighting the enduring pertinence of their theoretical contributions as they inform contemporary life. Yet, the appeal of this book exceeds that of historical analysis through its ludic intelligence and the breadth of material employed. For instance, Wark discusses political upheaval in Thailand, Occupy Wall Street, Surrealist art, environmental concerns, and contemporary Nigerian tactical resistance. His analyses illuminate the current economic disenfranchisement and social dystopia for the purpose of inquiring, with the Situationists, whether alternative ways of life are still possible: What remains salient in their critique of the spectacle of modern life? This is not a mere laudatory screed, rather Wark is careful to avoid over-romanticizing. The only minor detraction, Wark's occasional lapse into hyperbole or reductionism, is easily overlooked. Extensively researched and wittily composed, this analysis of the Situationist International demonstrates their persistent relevance to contemporary society. (May)
From the Publisher
“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 intoa collaborative graphic essay.”—John Burnside, Times Literary Supplement

John Burnside - Times Literary Supplement

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 intoa collaborative graphic essay.

Times Literary Supplement

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 intoa collaborative graphic essay.

”— John Burnside

Edwin Heathcote
“Wark’s readable explanation of the movement’s ideas is the best I have read.”
in praise of The Beach Beneath the Street Observer
“Playful, angry, depressed, celebratory, this is a book for anyone not convinced that there is no alternative to the way we live now. There are lots of alternatives, Wark’s heroes remind us, and to refuse to believe in their possibility is to accept the death in life that capital inters us in.”
Hari Kunzru
“[A] smart overview of the situationist movement.”
John Burnside
“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 intoa collaborative graphic essay.”
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844679577
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

McKenzie Wark is the author of A Hacker Manifesto, Gamer Theory, 50 Years of Recuperation of the Situationist International and The Beach Beneath the Street, among other books. He teaches at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College in New York City.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)