THE SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE
Roxy Farhat, Göran Hugo Olsson / Sweden / 2023 / 94 min / World Premiere
You don’t hate Mondays, you hate capitalism. Satirical and self-critical film adaptation of Guy Debord’s theoretical masterpiece, and a frontal attack on the all-encompassing spectacle we live in.
Since 1967, Guy Debord’s critical manifesto ‘The Society of the Spectacle’ has been an essentiel theoretical basis for any attempt to analyse the capitalist society of images that permeates every aspect of life in the Western world. We live in a continuous sensory bombardment of distractions that keep us in the role of passive consumers – a condition that has not exactly improved since the revolutionary 60s. What to do? And how do you film a notoriously complicated theory that attacks the very image itself? Artist Roxy Farhat and filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson (‘Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975’) bring Guy Debord’s ideas into the 21st century. In 27 episodes, Farhat unfolds his theses through conversations with situationism expert Mikkel Bolt, Andreas Malm (‘How to Blow Up a Pipeline’), critic Valerie Kyeyune Backström and professor of film Jyoti Mistryothers, among others. Guy Debord’s own (anti)films are given a modern counterpoint by satirical interventions in a visual work that is not afraid to criticise neither itself nor the cult around Debord and situationism.