McKenzie Wark: The Beach Beneath the Street

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July–August 2012, no. 343

McKenzie Wark: The Beach Beneath the Street

Reviewed by
July–August 2012, no. 343

Ben Juers

 

The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International
by McKenzie Wark
Verso (Palgrave Macmillan), $29.95 hb, 205 pp, 9781844677207

 

Jean-Luc Godard’s film about young French revolutionaries, La Chinoise (1967), was described by Manny Farber as having ‘a suspicious sideways movement […] sliding sideways, crab fashion, [that] bars progress to its inhabitants, keeps turning the actors whirligig fashion without revealing anything about them’. Named after graffiti from the Paris uprising of May 1968, McKenzie Wark’s The Beach Beneath the Street takes on the Situationist International (SI) with what look, at first, to be similarly crab-like gestures.

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