I watched all of this film yesterday, sparked by a renewed interest in Guy Debord, who I probably discovered in June 1994 (exactly 20 years ago) via the Wired article by R. U. Sirius on French theory, back in the day when Wired was a cool magazine.
There are several reasons why the life and work of Guy Debord should quicken your imagination:
- The cover of his book Mémoires is made of sandpaper to maximize damage to neighboring books when placed in and out the library shelf.
- His anti-film Howlings in Favour of de Sade consists of black and white screens (no images) during 52 minutes.
- His citing of Feuerbach’s The Essence of Christianity.
- He is the protagonist of the excellent read Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century.
- He defined the term psychogeography and practiced la dérive and détournement.