We Make Revolution In Our Spare Time: the history and legacy of the Situationist International


Author: Tanya Loi

One can say that the SI is like radioactivity: one speaks little of it, but one detects traces of it almost everywhere, and it lasts a long time.’ – Guy Debord
We make revolution in our spare time explores the ideas, impact and ephemera of the Situationists. This beautifully illustrated work provides an overdue reassessment of this influential yet little-known counter-cultural movement – fifty years since the publication of two seminal Situationist texts, Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle and Raoul Vaneigem’s The Revolution of Everyday Life.
This fascinating compilation opens a window onto the movement through documenting one of the largest private collections of material relating to the Situationist International, its UK offshoot King Mob, and their successors. Gathered over a ten year period by collector Andrew Burgin, this archive spans six decades of rare material; it provides a remarkable insight into the avant-garde SI and its influence on subsequent counter-cultural movements, including the student revolutions of May ‘68 in Paris and London, and the Punk movement of the late ‘70s. With over 250 illlustrations, many in colour.
Artist and author Tanya Loi, who catalogued the collection, delineates the long shadow cast by the Situationist International over so many of the cultural and artistic developments of the late 20th century and right up to the present day.

 The compilation is enhanced by Loi’s inclusion of interviews with former King Mob member Dick Pountain, Situationist collector Mehdi E.H, texts by writer Ron Hunt, artwork by embroidery artist Anna Hunt and Punk contributions by Nick Cash, Mark Helfond and Paul Tinman.

£15.95 | 80pp, 25cm by 19.5cm, Post free in the UK. For outside UK, contact transform@prruk.org.