Dominique Routhier, With and Against: The Situationist International in the Age of Automation

Dominique Routhier, With and Against: The Situationist International in the Age of Automation

Photo: Jean Marc Routhier

Dominique Routhier, With and Against: The Situationist International in the Age of Automation
Book launch and panel with Dominique Routhier, Jeffrey West Kirkwood, Nadja Millner-Larsen, Soyoung Yoon

Free admission

October 24, 2023, 7pm
172 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

On the occasion of the publication of Dominique Routhier’s With and Against: The Situationist International in the Age of Automation (Verso, 2023), join us at e-flux on Tuesday, October 24 at 7pm for a panel discussion featuring Dominique RouthierJeffrey West Kirkwood, Nadja Millner-Larsen, and Soyoung Yoon.

The little-known story of the Situationist International’s struggle against the automation of everyday life

If once a term for radical artists’ emancipatory struggle in the realm of culture, the avant-garde is now an empty signifier void of revolutionary content. In With and Against: The Situationist International in the Age of Automation, Marxist art theorist Dominique Routhier revisits one of the most radical avant-garde movements of the twentieth century to understand how and why the revolutionary horizon disappeared from art. The disappearance of the revolutionary perspective in art has less to do with artists’ lack of revolutionary resolve than with the postwar restructuring of capitalism and the lure of technological progress—epitomized, then and now, by the ideology of “automation.”    

Deeply researched and persuasively argued, With and Against is a deep dive into the history of the Situationist International as well a timely reminder of the necessity to recall and continue the revolutionary struggle against the automation of everyday life. With equal attention to aesthetic detail and to the broader contours of political economy, this book serves as a critical intervention in art history as well a call to reconsider, more broadly, the contemporary lessons of the most political of all artistic avant-gardes.

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Contemporary Art, Avant-Garde, Marxism
Automation, Art History, Revolution

Dominique Routhier is a writer, critic, and independent researcher based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has published extensively in Scandinavian journals such as K&K, Nordic Journal of Aesthetics, and Paletten as well as internationally in Rethinking Marxism, Historical Materialism, Boundary 2 online, Los Angeles Review of Books, and New Left Review Sidecar, among others. His debut book, With and Against: The Situationist International in the Age of Automation, was published by Verso Books in 2023.

Jeffrey West Kirkwood is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art History at SUNY Binghamton. He is the author of Endless Intervals: Cinema, Psychology, and Semiotechnics around 1900 and has published in Critical Inquiry, October, Grey Room, Texte zur Kunst, Jacobin, and elsewhere. He received his PhD from Princeton University and has previously been a fellow at Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities and the IKKM at Bauhaus University. He lives in New York City and Berlin.

Nadja Millner-Larsen is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement, NYU. She is the author of Up Against the Real: Black Mask from Art to Action (University of Chicago Press, 2023), which reconsiders the contested intersections of art and radical politics through the history of the anti-art group Black Mask. Nadja’s writing has been published in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Critical Correspondence, Grey Room, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Art Monthly, Triple Canopy, and numerous exhibition catalogues. She also co-edited a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies on “Queer Commons” (2018). Nadja was an NEH postdoctoral scholar at the Getty Research Institute and a Helena Rubinstein fellow in critical studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program. She has previously held positions in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. She received her PhD from the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. At XE, Nadja teaches a range of courses on interdisciplinary methods, critical theory, and political aesthetics.

Soyoung Yoon is Assistant Professor and Program Director of Art History & Visual Studies at the Department of the Arts, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School. Yoon received her PhD from Stanford University and holds a BA from Seoul National University. She was also a Faculty at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program (ISP) from 2012 until 2023. Yoon’s research focuses on politics of mobility and rhetorics of testimony, witnessing, and storytelling in the moving image; she attends to questions of “the apparatus” in relation to the moving image, the body-in-motion, and the authorial voice. Yoon was a recipient of a Hauser & Wirth Research Fellowship for her work on the artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha in 2019-20, and her essay “Do a Number: The Facticity of the Voice, or Reading Stop-and-Frisk Data” was awarded a Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant in 2016-17. Yoon is currently at work on two book projects: Walkie Talkie and TV Buddhas.

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