Lecture and Walk:
History of the situationist movement in theory and practice during a walk with curator and artist Miloš Vojtěchovský.
“Dérive is a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiences. It involves playful-constructive behavior and awareness of psychogeographical effects, and are thus quite different from the classic notions of journey or stroll.
In a dérive one or more persons during a certain period drop their relations, their work and leisure activities, and all their other usual motives for movement and action, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there. Chance is a less important factor in this activity than one might think: from a dérive point of view cities have psychogeographical contours, with constant currents, fixed points and vortexes that strongly discourage entry into or exit from certain zones.
We have to multiply poetic subjects and objects-which are now unfortunately so rare that the slightest ones take on an exaggerated emotional importance-and we have to organize games for these poetic subjects to play with these poetic objects. This is our entire program, which is essentially transitory. Our situations will be ephemeral, without a future. Passageways. Our only concern is real life; we care nothing about the permanence of art or of anything else. Eternity is the grossest idea a person can conceive of in connection with his acts.”
Guy Debord: Report on the Construction of Situations, June 1957
Miloš Vojtěchovský (*1955) is a curator, art historian, audio-visual artist, critic, teacher, and publisher in the field of electronic media, experimental music, and communication systems. He graduated in aesthetics and art history at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. Since the mid-1970s he has been active in the field of independent music and visual arts in Prague and elsewhere. From 1985 to 1995 he lived in Amsterdam. He was the initiator and organizer of the interdisciplinary Centre for Metamedia (Plasy Monastery 1991-1999), curator of the Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art of the National Gallery of Art in Prague (1995-1997) and curator of the Medialab of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague (2000-2003). He lives in Prague.