Les Bases de la Banalité. GROUPE ANARCHISTE DE RENNES/GUY BODSON/GROUPE LIBERTAIRE DE MÉNILMONTANT.
Les Bases de la Banalité.
Les Bases de la Banalité.
Les Bases de la Banalité.
Les Bases de la Banalité.
Les Bases de la Banalité.

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Les Bases de la Banalité.

Np: 1967. Broadsheet, printed recto and verso, folded in three to make a pamphlet (41.7x55.5cm., folded to 21x14cm.). Illustrated with photographs, diagrams and a détourned Batman cartoon. Prints the names of the tract's fifteen signatories, among them Loïc le Reste (who died aged 20 in July 1967), Jacques Le Glou (later a film producer who re-edited Guy Debord's films), and Guy Bodson (author of 'What is Situationism?', published in Le Monde Libertaire in December 1966).


The title piece references Raoul Vaneigem's text 'Banalités de Base', which first appeared in Internationale Situationniste #7 (April 1962), and repeats its format of numbered sections. Also contains a reprint of Guy Debord's 'Correspondance avec un Cybernéticien' from IS #9 (August 1964).


The publication represents an example of the short-lived convergence between French anarchism and the situationist critique (the Situationist International had links, for instance, with Guy Bodson of the Fédération Anarchiste, as well as the group Libertaire de Ménilmontant, authors of 'Prolégomènes à un premier manifeste pour une Internationale anarchiste' [May 1967], a critique of the poverty of libertarian life; LDM group member Gérard Joannès also produced a poster announcing the publication of IS #11 [October 1967], which featured a détourned comic strip, a section of which was used to illustrate a text by Vaneigem in the journal). However, apart from the Situationists' later collaboration with the Enragés group in May 1968, the divergent theory and practice of the SI and the various French anarchist groups ultimately proved irreconcilable (years earlier the French surrealists had attempted a joint action with the SI, which similarly came to nothing).


Paper evenly toned, o/w Very Good plus.

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