[NetBehaviour] Magnificent Failures Collide by Marc Garrett
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Tue Apr 27 11:53:37 CEST 2021
Magnificent Failures Collide by Marc Garrett
This essay revisits a time when both Punk and Situationism flourished in
the UK. When a whole generation of radically different artists emerged as
outsiders, amateurs, and the lower classes found cultural empowerment as an
agent for social change. Their varied practices critiqued the societies
they lived in, questioning the authority and authenticity of established
politics, language, history, music, and film.
The phrase ‘anyone can do it’ was widely used within the punk underground
and decades since. This simple philosophy reached a mass of individuals and
groups who no longer accepted the given order of the day. They found
solidarity and established tools to claim cultural territory, creativity,
and social context on their terms.
It takes us back to the violent beginning as part of the Gordon Riots in
1780. The emergence of King Mob and similarly motivated riots in the late
20th century, linking them with the British faction of Situationists in the
60s and 70s and Malcolm McLaren and Punk.
It also asks what is a failure in terms of individuals and groups actively
struggling to build agency in a world ruled by the privileged, and what can
we learn from these passionate, dedicated, very creative people pathing the
way for us now to build our own independent and grounded intentions today?
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Wishing you all well.
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