Tom McDonough speaks at “1968: Aesthetics and Anti-aesthetics” conference at NYU-Berlin

Associate Professor Tom McDonough contributed a paper on “Cinema at a Standstill or, why didn’t Guy Debord film during May ’68” at the “1968: Aesthetic and Anti-aesthetics” conference hosted by NYU-Berlin May 25-26.
His talk examined the profound visual discretion exercised by Guy Debord and the Situationist International more generally during the crisis of May and June 1968, asking why Debord refused to produce any filmic documentation of the events, even as many others on the Left willingly did so. A careful reading of the text-based posters produced by the group at that time, however, opens the possibility for seeing their activity as a form of imageless cinema.


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