Shuffering and Shnacking

Interview with Raoul Vaneigem

Situationist International, November 1962

Situationist International, November 1962 (from left to right: an unknown woman, J.V. Martin, Raoul Vaneigem and Guy Debord)

Belgian born writer and philosopher Raul Vaneigem was one of the principal minds behind the Situationist International during the 60’s. Vaneigem’s hope for the future and enthusiasm for living life is truly inspiring to me. I can’t express enough to you how much I think this interview is worth reading.

HUO: In your recent books you discuss your existence and temporality. The homogenizing forces of globalization homogenize time, and vice versa. How does one break with this? Could you discuss the temporality of happiness, as a notion?

RV: The productivity- and profit-based economy has implanted into lived human reality a separate reality structured by its ruling mechanisms: predation, competition and competitiveness, acquisitiveness and the struggle for power and subsistence. For thousands of years such denatured human behaviors have been deemed natural. The temporality of draining, erosion, tiredness, and decay is determined by labor, an activity that dominates and corrupts all others. The temporality of desire, love, and creation has a density that fractures the temporality of survival cadenced by work. Replacing the temporality of money will be a temporality of desire, a beyond-the-mirror, an opening to uncharted territories.

In Conversation With Raoul Vaneigem

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