Video documentation: Expect Anything Fear Nothing - Seminar on the Scandinavian Situationism
Wednesday 15 April 2009

Screening of Expect Anything Fear Nothing, a seminar on the Situationist Movement in Scandinavia that was held in Copenhagen in March 2007. The Situationist movement was a cultural revolutionary movement that had its highest point of activity across Europe in the 1960s. With the Situationist belief in the idea of an avant-garde that was meant to break the ice for the revolution, the debates about the means of the revolutionary struggle were crucial. The French-Belgian fraction that continued as the Situationist International was sceptical about art as a means in the struggle against the Society of the Spectacle and concentrated their effort on analysing spectacular free market capitalism. Contrary to this, the German-Scandinavian fraction believed in direct action and wanted to realise the revolution here and now by setting free the creative forces of art in the everyday. The artists should take over the means of production and the city should be transformed into one great work of art without spectators. The German-Scandinavian fraction was more open and anarchist, and worked under several names – The 2. Situationist International and Situationist Bauhaus among others.

The parts of the seminar that will be screened at Signal have been specifically chosen because they highlight the activities of Drakabygget / Situationist Bauhaus, in the south of Sweden, and include speakers such as Gordon Fazakerley (UK/DK), visual artist and founding member of Drakabygget, Jacqueline de Jong (NL), visual artist and former member of the SI. Editor of the Situationist Times, six issues, 1962 – 1965, Lars Morell (DK), historian and author of Poesien breder sig. Jørgen Nash, Drakabygget og situationisterne. Involved with Drakkabygget in the 1980s.

The seminar was organised by Mikkel Bolt and Jakob Jakobsen and is screened at Signal in conjunction with our current research project on the non-institutional art initiatives in the south of Sweden during the period of 1968-2008.