Book Launch: Spectacular Capitalism, Guy Debord and the Practice of Radical Philosophy / Saturday 25 June, 7pm
Spectacular Capitalism. Release Party and Presentation
Saturday 25 June, 7pm
Spectacular Capitalism: Guy Debord and the Practice of Radical Philosophy
By Richard Gilman-Opalsky
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Drawing on the work of Guy Debord, Gilman-Opalsky argues that the theory of practice and practice of theory are superseded by upheavals that do the work of philosophy.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.
Commentary and response from Gavin Grindon.
“Richard Gilman-Opalsky’s Spectacular Capitalism rescues Situationist theory and praxis from merely antiquarian and art-historical commentary and puts it in dialogue with the project of a radical philosophy for leaving the 21st century.” – McKenzie Wark, author of A Hacker Manifesto and Gamer Theory
Organized by Minor Compositions (http://www.minorcompositions.info/) and the Centre for Ethics and Politics @ Queen Mary, University of London (http://cfep.org.uk/) Facilitated by Sidsel Meineche Hansen.
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