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Proust. Derrida. Psychogeography. WTF?

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Library Catalog

[arranged by topic]


Erving Goffman
Presentation of Self in Everyday Life [introduction] (1959)

Raoul Vaneigem
The Revolution of Everyday Life (1968)

Michel de Certeau
The Practice of Everyday Life (1980)
[Chapter IX, in Spanish]

Joseph Thompson, Nato Thompson, Gregory Sholette (editors)
The Interventionists: Users' Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life (2004)


All 12 issues of Situationist International (1958-1969)
along with everything else associated with SI

Guy Debord
Society of the Spectacle (1968)

Situationist International and the Students of Strasbourg
On the Poverty of Student Life (1966)

WNYC interview of novelist Will Self

The Arcades Project
Walter Benjamin
(the flaneur / pre-situationist psychogeography)

Introduction to a Critique of Urban Geography
Guy Debord, 1955
[good definition of psychogeography]

Theory of the Dérive
Guy Debord, 1958
(published in SI #2)
[Debord's definition of the dérive]

A User's Guide to Détournement
Guy Debord / Gil Wolman, 1956
(published in Les Levres Nues #8)
[Détournement is to S.N.I.D.E. as Dérive is to BARTpa]

Temporary Autonomous Zone Hakim Bey [Fleeting spaces without a State. Forced to sit here with the Situationists until a more appropriate category comes along.]


Naomi Klein
No Logo (2000)
Chapter 12: Culture Jamming
Chapter 13: Reclaim The Streets

Gregory Sholette
REPOhistory’s Civil Disturbances NYC
public sign installations of 1998

Mark Jenkins
From Juxtapoz, January 2008
plastic tape casting

Marc Fischer
The Library Project (Temporary Services)
100 artist's books surreptitiously inserted into a library

Interview with prankster Joey Skaggs

The Geurrilla Theater of Greenpeace
From High Performance #40 (1987)
the golden age of greenpeace shenanigans

Geurrilla Art Action Group
Action #3, 1969 (die-in at MOMA)
Action #9, 1970 (chicken vs. architecture firm)

Interview with Black Mask / Up Against The Wall Motherfucker (active 1966-1969)

Trashing The Neoliberal City (2007)
Published by AREA Chicago
Autonomous Cultural Practices in Chicago 2000-2005


Jane McGonigal *** highly recommended ***
This Might Be a Game (Dissertation 2006)
[tentatively titles SFZero as a "reality-based superhero game" - section 7]
Assorted Articles (2003-present)
[mentions of Sweat Cheat Gone]

Dakota Reese Brown
Pervasive Games Are Not A Genre! (2007)
MS Thesis, concerning “appropriative games”
(Journey Manhattan is used extensively as an example)

The Cacophony Society Primer

Blast Theory
(a UK live-art company exploring technology and meaningful gaming)
a list of articles pertaining to specific projects

Subversive Play and Submersive Theater
[what we did on April 19th in Chicagø]
also: Subversive Street Games, the short essay presented at the CGØ potlatch
Dax Tran-Caffee


Marcel Proust
The Sweet Cheat Gone (1925)
from Remembrance of Things Past

Thomas Pynchon
The Crying of Lot 49
(pertaining to Thurn und Taxis / Tristero)

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz
Insatiability (1927)
Not presently available online
(pertains to era name)

James Joyce
Finnegan's Wake and Ulysses

Cory Doctorow
Little Brother


SFZero Wiki

MIT Guide to Lock Picking (1991)

Understanding Media (1964)

the Fluxus Performance Workbook
instructions for performances
[possible precedent to the SFZero concept of "Tasking"]
also: more information on contemporary Fluxus

list of simple appropriative games instructions [wiki]


[Supplemental information also available at SFZero Wiki]




Discourse (see more)

(no subject)
posted by Sean Mahan on December 4th, 2009 6:05 PM

T. A. Z. - Hakim Bey

(no subject)
posted by Dax Tran-Caffee on October 5th, 2008 10:42 PM

Oh wow. Certainly post that in the Library.

Michel de Certeau. La invencion de lo cotidiano I. Artes de hacer. Capítulo IX. Relatos de espacio.
posted by susy derkins on September 26th, 2008 9:32 AM

de Certeau´s scanned chapter IX, in Spanish?

(no subject)
posted by Dax Tran-Caffee on September 25th, 2008 10:03 PM

We need a copy to the de Certeau text. Anyone have a lead, or resources to make it happen?

(no subject)
posted by susy derkins on August 22nd, 2008 7:57 AM

ah, yes, Fluxus!