Plagiarism is Necessary

A Celebration of Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle


To mark the 50th anniversary of the Paris student uprising of May ’68, we give you PLAGIARISM IS NECESSARY, a series of events designed to introduce the ideas of Guy Debord to a new generation of people in Nottingham.

Guy Debord (1931-94) was the leading strategist of the Situationist International (1957-72), and was described by the late Alec Danchev as ‘like Lenin but with a sense of humour’. Debord lived a life at variance with his times: a Marxist thinker and an avant-gardist, a bohemian drinker and an accomplished film-maker and writer. Debord was capable of brilliant concision. The Society of the Spectacle is  the Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained of emerging global consumer capitalism. And it is one person’s best shot at bringing it down.

A posting of flyers at various venues across Nottingham, with messages freely lifted and adapted from The Society of the Spectacle.
2. A screening of the 2016 video adaptation of Guy Debord’s 1973 film The Society of the Spectacle
@ Film Free and Easy, Primary Studios, 33 Seely Rd, Nottingham NG7 3FZ
Thursday 31st May, 7-11 pm.
No booking necessary. (Stair access only)
3. A workshop on the key ideas of Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle
@ Wollaton Street Studios Project Space, 179 Wollaton St, Nottingham NG1 5GE
Saturday 2nd June, 2.15 – 6.15 pm.  (Stair access only).

The text of the voiceover of Debord’s film will be referenced during the workshop and is available in English translation here.

The workshop is intended as an event for practitioners and activists in the city who may be new to Debord’s work. However, anyone is welcome to come and contribute. After the workshop, join us for a meal at a nearby Turkish restaurant and  drinks at locations near Canning Circus.

Any questions and to express an interest in attending the event please email organiser Rob Van Beek

Plagiarism is Necessary Podcast
Listen to Derek Hampson interviewing Rob Van Beek about Plagiarism is Necessary (audio file may take some time to download)