Project Preface

Celebrity, social media, selfies, spin… More than any other term, spectacle describes our postmodern and post-industrial worlds. This project marks the fiftieth anniversary of one of the last century’s most influential texts, Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle (1967). Our project revisits the theories and practices of Debord and the Situationist International (1957-72), the group of political artists to which he belonged, to examine how their radicalism has impacted, and can impact, on contemporary live performance.

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