ASAKUSA is delighted to announce the opening of an archival exhibition "Guy Debord - cartographie situationniste (dérive, psychogéographie, situations, cinéma)", curated in collaboration with Makoto Kinoshita - professor of French literature, translator of Debord's prolific writings, and his friend.
In 1957 whilst a surge of mass media and consumption culture eroded the city of Paris, Guy Debord embarked on his psychogeographic research to articulate the effects on the surrounding contemporary urban experience. Drawing out his playful dérive on a map of psychogéographie, he traced the subjective patterns of how the urban environment transforms emotional and psychological behavior. By constructing situations through a series of experimental cinéma, he radically dismantled the mystical illusion of the spectacle.
The project is comprised of historical archival material and a presentation of Debord's cinéma. It aims to present the key concepts of Debord's cultural critiques as inscribed in today's theoretical literature of the avant-garde, which are continuously influencing contemporary artists in the process of reworking social relations, and the performativity of urban space.
A vernissage will take place on the evening of June 3. We will be delighted if you could join us to honor this cultural revolutionary.
PART I 12:00 - 13:05
Hurlements en faveur de Sade, 1952, 64 mins.
PART II 14:00 - 14:40
Sur le passage de quelques personnes à travers une assez courte unité de temps, 1959, 19 mins.
Critique de la séparation, 1961, 18 mins.
PART III 16:00 - 17:30
La Société du spectacle, 1973, 88 mins.
All films in French with Japanese subtitles.
18:00 – 21:00, Saturday 3 June 2017
Asakusa Art Space
1-6-16 Nishi-Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
Guy Debord (1931–1994) was a French revolutionary theorist, filmmaker, member of the Letterist International (1952-72), and founding member of the Situationist International (SI, 1957-72). He was also an author of La société du spectacle and produced six films in his lifetime.
Location: ASAKUSA, 1-6-16 Nishi-Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
For press info and images: Koichiro Osaka / firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: Guide psychogéographique de Paris - Discours sur les passions de l'amour by Guy Debord, 1957, printed material, 60 x 73.5cm (detail)