Thursday, August 04, 2005

Constant Nieuwenhuys is Dead

Constant, Collage View of New Babylon Sector (1971)

Over the summer break I have been reading several books on the Situationists International (as you may guess from my slide show below on Situationist comics).
A great book was The Situationist City by Simon Sadler examined in some detail concepts and methodologies such as psychogeography and the ludic city.
The master of the ludic space was Constant Nieuwenhuis who died today aged 85 years.

"Town planning is not industrial design, the city is not a functional object, aesthetically sound or otherwise; the city is an artificial landscape built by human beings in which the adventure of our life unfolds."
Constant Nieuwenhuys, 1960

"The liberation of man's ludic potential is directly linked to his liberation as a social being."

"The audiovisual media will be used in the same spirit. The fluctuating world of the sectors calls on facilities (a transmitting and receiving network) that are both decentralized and public. Given the participation of a large number of people in the transmission and reception of images and sounds, perfected telecommunications become an important factor in ludic social behavior."
Constant Nieuwenhuys, 1974

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