Towards the Construction of Situations, Theory and practice of the Situationist International



This talk will take place at:
Athens School of Fine Art
Auditorium De Chirico
Peiraios 256,
Ag. I. Rentis, Athens

The talk is open to the public, free of charge. The talk will be held in Greek.

The concept of the “constructed situation” occupied Guy Debord and his comrades in the Lettrist (1952-1957) and the Situationist International (1957-1972) since the early 50s and until the dissolution of the group in 1972. As a central concept of the aesthetic/political situationist project, its definition was a key issue for the situationists, who experimented with it in both theory and practice, without however reaching a unique, most “valid”, definition. The lecture will focus on the theoretical and practical experimentation of the Situationist International in relation to the  -much discussed, ever since– concept of the “constructed situation”, attempting to formulate in conclusion certain comments regarding its contemporary reactivations in various artistic fields.

After the lecture a three-day workshop will follow with students from the ASFA.

Vanessa Theodoropoulou teaches History and Theory of Art in the School of fine arts of Angers, France (ESBA TALM- site d’Angers) and is a member of the research lab HiCSA – Paris 1 Sorbonne where she defended her Phd dissertation entitled ‘’Situationist International, a total art project’’ (2008). She has co-edited the books Au nom de l’art, enquête sur le statut ambigu des appellations artistiques de 1945 à nos jours, Publications de la Sorbonne 2014 and Le chercheur et ses doubles, B42, 2015 (forthcoming).

The lecture is organized in the context of the ERASMUS teaching exchange programme between ASFA (Athens School of Fine Arts) and TALM (School of fine arts of Tours – Angers – Le Mans) in France.