Showing posts with label 1950s. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1950s. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Grad School Residue/Image Association: Godard meets Situationists (They probably met anyway).



"THE BREAKING UP of the dialectic of the human milieu in favor of automobiles (the projected freeways in Paris will entail the demolition of thousands of houses and apartments although the housing crisis is continually worsening) masks its irrationality under pseudopractical justifications. But it is practically necessary only in the context of a specific social set-up. Those who believe that the particulars of the problem are permanent want in fact to believe in the permanence of the present society." - Situationist Theses on Traffic, Guy Debord, Internationale Situationniste #3 (November 1959)/2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle (Godard, 1967)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Grad School Residue/Image Association: Ghostbusters meets Situationists


"All cities are geological. You can’t take three steps without encountering ghosts bearing all the prestige of their legends. We move within a closed landscape whose landmarks constantly draw us toward the past. Certain shifting angles, certain receding perspectives, allow us to glimpse original conceptions of space, but this vision remains fragmentary. It must be sought in the magical locales of fairy tales and surrealist writings: castles, endless walls, little forgotten bars, mammoth caverns, casino mirrors.

These dated images retain a small catalyzing power, but it is almost impossible to use them in a symbolic urbanism without rejuvenating them by giving them a new meaning. Our imaginations, haunted by the old archetypes, have remained far behind the sophistication of the machines. The various attempts to integrate modern science into new myths remain inadequate...Everyone wavers between the emotionally still-alive past and the already dead future."


FORMULARY FOR A NEW URBANISM, Gilles Ivain (Ivan Chtcheglov) Internationale Situationniste #1, October 1953 + Ghostbusters (1984, Reitman)