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Life on Sirius – The Situationist International and the Exhibition after Art
Daniel Birnbaum & Kim West [see all titles]
Sternberg Press [see all titles] History, Criticism and Theory [see all titles]
 Daniel Birnbaum & Kim West Life on Sirius The Situationist International and the Exhibition after Art
Graphic design: Studio Christopher West.
published in March 2017
English edition
9,5 x 14,8 cm (softcover)
72 pages (14 b/w ill.)
€8.00
ISBN: 978-3-95679-198-7
EAN: 9783956791987
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Exploring the relationship between the Situationist International and the museum.
How did art escape the deadlock of the Situationists' anti-art refusal? Did the relational artists, with their repetitions of Situationist slogans and techniques, outline a sustainable, micro-political alternative to Guy Debord's dream of surpassing art and realizing philosophy? Looking back at some of the Situationists' confrontations with the museum, this book traces a path beyond the tragedy of negativity and the litany of recuperation. At the center is the concept of play; originally adopted as the principle of reconciled life, it returns as the lever of instrumentalization. But in the extraterrestial wasteland of the present, spaces of ludic coexistence and experimentation may remain possible, provided that pessimism can be adequately organized.
Published with Moderna Museet, Stockholm, this book is part of “All the King's Horses” series, Stockholm, exploring the situationists, the last and most influential avant-garde movement of the European post-war era.
Daniel Birnbaum is Director of the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main and Director of its Portikus Gallery. He is also a member of the board of the Institut für Sozialforschung. A contributing editor of Artforum, he is the author of numerous texts on art and philosophy.

Kim West is an independent writer and Phd student at the Södertörn university, Sweden.

See also Daniel Birnbaum; Daniel Birnbaum & Anders Olsson.