Panegyric

Guy Ernest Debord (December 28, 1931 - November 30, 1994) was a French Marxist theorist, writer, filmmaker, hypergraphist and founding member of the groups Lettrist International and Situationist International (SI). He was also briefly a member of Socialisme ou Barbarie.

In the 1970s Debord disbanded the Situationist International, and resumed filmmaking with financial backing from the movie mogul and publisher Gérard Lebovici (éditions Champ Libre). His two most recognized films date from this period: a film version of Society of the Spectacle (1973) and the autobiographical "In Girum Imus Nocte Et Consumimur Igni" (1978). After the dissolution of the Situationist International, Debord spent his time reading, and occasionally writing, in relative isolation, although he continued to correspond on political and other issues, notably with Lebovici and the Italian situationist Gianfranco Sanguinetti and designed a war game. He was married twice, to Michele Bernstein and Alice Becker-Ho.

His lifelong steady alcohol consumption began to take a toll on his health. Apparently to end the suffering from a form of polyneuritisbrought on by his excessive drinking, he committed suicide,shooting himself in the heart at his property (called Champot) inBellevue-la-Montagne, Haute-Loire, on November 30, 1994.

Genre
Art
Topics
artists, biography, derive, maps, marxism, movements, psychogeography, Situationist International, the Everyday, urban life, walking
Author
Guy Debord
Publisher
Verso
Format
Paperback
ISBN
1844673537 (find on Amazon)

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