Guy Debord, Asger Jorn: Mémoires (1958–) [French, English]

29 August 2015, dusan

Mémoires [Memories] is the second of their two collaborative books made by Asger Jorn and Guy Debord whilst they were both members of the Situationist International.

“The pages consist of phrases, photos, drawings and cartoons that Debord cut out of other works, and then pasted up in a randomly suggestive manner. Debord then had Jorn taint these ‘prefabricated elements’ with paint. The colors suggest possible readings of the phrases or simply lend a mood to the images. These plates were then bound in sand-paper to destroy any other books it came into contact with–Debord calls them an anti-book. The book was published at Jorn’s expense and given away as a sumptuous gift to friends.” (adapted from L. Bracken, Guy Debord, 1997, pp 34-35)

The second issue of the book, in slightly different format, appeared in Copenhagen in 1959.

Publisher L’Internationale situationniste, 1958
[64] pages

Books of Warfare: The Collaboration between Guy Debord & Asger Jorn from 1957-1959 (Christian Nolle, Virose, 2005)
The Making of Fin de Copenhagen & Mémoires (Bart Lans, TU Delft, 2008)
En ukendt og berygtet celebrity? Guy Debord, potlatch og myten om Mémoires (Thomas Hvid Kromann, 2016, Danish)

English translator
Footnotes and sources of detournements (compiled by Ian Thompson, 2015)

Mémoires (French, 2nd ed., Copenhagen, 1959, 254 MB, added on 2017-10-7 via Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
Mémoires (French, 1993 reprint by Jean-Jacques Pauvert aux Belles Lettres of 1959 Copenhagen edition, low res PDF, 2 MB, via AVANT)
Mémoires (English, facsimile trans. Ian Thompson, 2015, PDF, 16 MB)

See also Fin de Copenhague, 1957.

2 Responses to “Guy Debord, Asger Jorn: Mémoires (1958–) [French, English]”

  1. Dragica Petrović on September 28, 2015 12:18 pm

    excellent ~ <3 ~ :D:P

  2. Abraham Cruzvillegas on October 11, 2017 3:48 pm

    This is great, how can I access the scans?
    Thank you!!!

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